Islam Makhachev submitted Charles Oliveira to be topped UFC champion in Abu Dhabi
Islam Makhachev has turn into Russia’s newest UFC champion after defeating Brazilian rival Charles Oliveira within the second spherical of their light-weight title combat in Abu Dhabi.
With Khabib Nurmagomedov in his nook, Makhachev emulated his pal and mentor by capturing the title as soon as owned by his fellow Dagestani.
Makhachev, 31, has now written his personal passage of UFC historical past, dominating Oliveira earlier than securing a submission win three minutes and 16 seconds into the second spherical on the Etihad Enviornment.
Competing within the largest combat of his profession, Makhachev had confronted questions over how he would deal with the stress towards Oliveira – a former champion and extra skilled rival who has ripped by a lot of the UFC’s light-weight elite in recent times.
However – simply as Nurmagomedov had predicted – Makhachev shone beneath the brilliant lights in the primary occasion on Saturday night time.
The Russian dominated from high place within the first spherical of the competition, earlier than rocking Oliveira with a proper hand to drop him to the mat halfway by the second spherical.
From there, Makhachev labored in an arm-triangle choke as Oliveira tapped – bringing an finish to the Brazilian’s five-year unbeaten run within the UFC and ushering in Makhachev’s reign as light-weight ruler.
Jubilant scenes broke out within the octagon as Khabib raised Makhachev on his shoulders, finishing a journey that he had foretold alongside together with his late father and coach Abdulmanap – who had tipped Makhachev to comply with his son as UFC light-weight champion.
Khabib’s retirement in 2020 paved the way in which for that to return to fruition, however there isn’t any mistake that Makhachev’s success is well-deserved and of his personal advantage.
He proved that towards Oliveira – the person who succeeded Khabib by successful the vacant light-weight title towards Michael Chandler in Might of 2021 earlier than defending it towards Dustin Poirier later that 12 months.
Oliveira would lose his title on the scales earlier than beating Justin Gaethje in Might of this 12 months, however the Sao Paulo fighter had proclaimed himself the rightful ruler of the 155lbs ranks earlier than his assembly with Makhachev for the vacant crown.
The Russian proved in any other case as Makhachev prolonged his unbeaten run to 11 fights, and he has nonetheless tasted defeat simply as soon as in his 24-fight profession – greater than half a decade in the past.
With Khabib and revered American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) coach Javier Mendez in his nook, Makhachev paraded his title to the Abu Dhabi viewers, the place Russian social media sensation Hasbulla Magomedov has additionally been among the many fundamental points of interest this week.
“I educated so exhausting for this second,” Makhachev said of his title success.
“I wish to say thanks. I all the time suppose this isn’t going to be a straightforward combat. He all the time pushes opponents however I do know he’s going to be frightened of my wrestling abilities. I mentioned that is my purpose and Allah gave me [success].
“My belt is for my coach for Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov. He mentioned coaching exhausting and also you’re going to be champion. [Khabib’s] father made me.”
UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski quickly stepped into the octagon to sign his intentions for the subsequent crack at Makhachev, in a possible blockbuster bout to start out the Russian’s title protection in 2023.
However that could be very a lot a query for the long run, whereas Makhachev and his workforce will certainly wish to savor the second as they fulfilled a dream for a lot of in attendance in Abu Dhabi – and a mess of others watching on from elsewhere.
Ideas may also be spared for the defeated Oliveira, 33, who has propelled himself in recent times from amongst a crowd of light-weight contenders to turn into the holder of a bunch of UFC data and a promotion champion.
Many, nevertheless, will really feel that his time has now handed, such was the decisive nature of Makhachev’s victory.