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UFC champion Islam Makhachev and WBA champion Dmitry Bivol won their fights – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

Date: July 14, 2024 Time: 12:48:46

it’s better to give up

Thus, the UFC champion in the weight category up to 70 kg, Islam Makhachev, defeated the American Dustin Poirier. The fight in Newark lasted all five rounds, although from the beginning the Russian tried to dominate his opponent and end the fight early. Poirier held on and in the fourth round there was a dangerous moment when Islam received a bloody cut. However, in the fifth round, he still performed a choke and forced Poirier to submit.

This victory was Islam Makhachev’s thirteenth consecutive victory in the lightweight division. He set a promotion record for the longest undefeated streak in the ETMO division. In total, during his career, Makhachev had 27 fights, in which he scored 26 victories (six of them by knockout, nine by decision, 11 by choke) and suffered one defeat (by technical knockout).

Now Islam Makhachev dreams of a second welterweight championship belt

In addition, Makhachev repeated the achievement of Khabib Nurmagomedov, who was close both during the training camp and in Islam’s corner during the fight. Khabib also made three defenses: against Poirier, Justin Gaethje and Conor McGregor. Islam previously defeated Alex Volkanovski twice.

Arman Tsarukyan immediately remembered his desire to challenge for the belt next, but Makhachev has a different goal.

– Dustin is a champion and legend of this sport. He defended my takedowns and made me work hard. But one of my favorite chokes worked,” Makhachev said after the fight. – Now I want to fight for the second welterweight belt. This is my dream. I want to feel this energy again.

The blow passed through

Meanwhile, Dmitry Bivol wasted no time in Riyadh. He notched his 23rd victory, defending his WBA light heavyweight belt for the eighth time. Our champion defeated the undefeated Libyan Malik Zinad by technical knockout in the sixth round. Additionally, for the first time since March 2018, he ended the fight ahead of schedule.

Already in the first round, with a series of three blows, Bivol knocked down his opponent. There were many bright moments in this fight. For example, after the fourth round, Bivol and Zinad, who provoked the Russian during the fight, began a skirmish, butting heads. But they were separated. Bivol decided everything in the ring, cornering the Libyan and raining blows on him. Again the referee had to intervene and stop the fight.

Bivol showed he was ready for a unification fight with WBC, IBF and WBO champion Beterbiev. By the way, the president of the General Directorate of Entertainment of Saudi Arabia, Turki Al ash Sheikh, has already announced that Bivol and Beterbiev will face each other in the ring on October 12.

– I feel great. I need to be focused, I need to be ready for the new date. This is what I need,” Bivol commented. – I think I won the fight against Zinad wonderfully. I am a professional and I know how to adapt to any opponent, even if they change it shortly before the fight. As for the knockout, I had no doubt that my power was still there.

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Ivan Shtyrkov, RCC fighter:

– Makhachev showed an unrealistic level. The four rounds were dry and a choke in the fifth. Poirier, of course, broke out, but this did not become the decisive moment. Makhachev did a great job in the fight. He would sometimes get stuck somewhere in the clinch and was heavily loaded with submission, so that the opponent would give up. I tried to do a kimura. But that’s not the point: the task is completed. Makhachev won: handsome, a real champion.

Alexey Egorov, contender for the WBA international cruiserweight belt:

– Congratulations to Dmitry Bivol for an excellent victory! As they say, that’s what had to be proven. Malik Zinad had no chance. These are different levels! Dmitry showed his class from the first second of the fight. Now the confrontation between our two champions, Bivol and Beterbiev, awaits us for the best light heavyweight title.

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Hansen Taylor
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