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“My Dad Have More Power”: Islam Makhachev Opens Up About His Family Dynamics That Saved His UFC Career After Mother’s Retirement Request

Islam Makhachev has won over the world of mixed martial arts with his commendable skills. Not only did the Dagestani warrior defeat Charles Oliveira and claimed the lightweight title, but also secured a victory over Alexander ‘The Great’ Volkanovski. With one title shot victory and one successful title defense, the fighter has begun the rise to the top. 

However, it was later revealed that his mother did not want him to fight anymore. Without a doubt, it’s the protective nature of motherly love that made her request the lightweight champ to retire from the UFC. However, in a recent conversation with John McCarthy and Josh Thomson, the 31-year-old revealed the real reason why he hasn’t taken retirement from mixed martial arts. Surprisingly, Makhachev’s father had a heavier presence in the matter.

Islam Makhachev reveals why he hasn’t retired even after his mother’s request

Recently, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s protégé had a talk with the UFC referee, McCarthy, and the former mixed martial artist, ‘The Punk’. During the conversations, McCarthy pointed out that Makhachev’s mother was trying to convince him to take retirement from the UFC. However, his father loved to watch him fight. The UFC referee seemingly asked for the reason why the lightweight champion hasn’t announced his retirement.

Makhachev revealed, “But my dad have more power.” The reply sent the three men bursting with laughter. However, he quickly defended his mother. The fighter revealed that it was the love of a mother that made her request her son to give up fighting. He said, “I think all mothers say same things because this is not easy sports.” 

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Furthermore, he revealed that although his father was a big fan of his fights, his mother never actually saw him in action. Doubtlessly, no mother would desire to watch her child getting involved in a violent sport where the possibilities of injuries are pretty high.

Islam Makhachev’s mother wants him to follow Khabib Nurmagomedov

Nurmagomedov announced his retirement from the UFC after having an elaborate discussion with her mother. Following this, he became a coach and ensured that Makhachev became the successor to his lightweight belt. 

UFC: Islam Makhachev
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Islam Makhachev of Russia celebrates after his knockout victory over Gleison Tibau of Brazil in their lightweight bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

However, Makhachev’s mother also wanted him to take retirement after he secured his title as the lightweight champion. She said, “You’re champion now. Wrap it up. Khabib listened to his mother. When will you listen to yours?


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