Islam Makhachev Khabib Nurmagomedov

There have been questions raised about Khabib’s decision to move away from MMA, especially with his protégé Islam Makhachev set to defend his lightweight championship at UFC 284. However, it was recently reported that Makhachev himself has confirmed that Khabib will not be cornering him at the event. It could be that Khabib’s late father Abnulmanap Nurmagomedov had always planned for him to pass the torch to Makhachev once he retired, and with Makhachev now the world champion, Khabib may have decided that this is the perfect time for his successor to take flight on his own. Do you think Islam Makhachev will be affected by Khabib’s absence at UFC 284?

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