After Saturday’s authentic most important occasion between Max Holloway and Yair Rodriguez fell off the cardboard, the light-weight bout between Moises (15-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Makhachev (19-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) was promoted to the highest slot for the ESPN-televised occasion on the UFC Apex.
Shifting from three rounds to 5 was welcomed with Moises as a result of he’s been scheduled for 25 minutes a number of occasions previous to becoming a member of the UFC. Makhachev can not make the identical declare, so earlier than they even get within the octagon, Moises thinks he’s bringing a bonus.
“I did a pair extra rounds in sparring, a pair little issues within the power and conditioning division,” Moises instructed MMA Junkie and different reporters at UFC on ESPN 26 media day. “I’ve finished 5 rounds thrice earlier than, and I feel that is going to be a bonus for me to be sincere with you, as a result of Islam by no means did this earlier than.”
Even with the benefit expertise in his again pocket, few at giving Moises an opportunity to beat Makhachev, who is likely one of the most extremely touted rising names at 155 kilos. The Russian is an efficient pal and teammate of former UFC champ Khabib Nurmagomedov, and the comparisons between the 2 have been countless.
Moises doesn’t see them as all that comparable, although. He provides Makhachev full respect, however stated Nurmagomedov is a special animal.
“I feel Khabib has a better tempo than him,” Moises stated. “Khabib doesn’t cease. Extra stress. I feel Islam is a bit bit extra technical on the toes. For me, Khabib is one of the best light-weight of all time. No one’s like Khabib, and Islam is unquestionably not like Khabib. That’s the largest distinction between them, is, I feel, the tempo.”
If Moises is ready to overcome Makhachev, he can be on a four-fight successful streak over some robust competitors. He sees this combat as his breakthrough second to realize additional recognition and stated he’ll be looking for an enormous title afterward.
“I feel with a win over Islam I deserve a prime 5 opponent,” Moises stated. “I’m going to be proper within the combine for a title match.”