Josh Thomson claims he saw Islam Makhachev dominate BJJ black belts at AKA

Islam Makhachev is an incredible talent. According to Josh Thomson, he may be even better than we think.

On Saturday night in Las Vegas, Islam Makhachev put on a real show as he finished Bobby Green by floor and shot in the first round of their catchweight encounter. It was a tough fight between two very, very different fighters. In the end, it was Makhachev who managed to raise his hand.

The short-notice win may not have impressed everyone, but given the streak he’s been on, it wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Islam get a title shot later this year.

During a recent episode of the Weighing podcast, Josh Thomson, who has been a keen observer of Dagestan’s work, said Makhachev’s abilities shone in AKA as well.

“When I tell you guys he’s got a better foot sweep, better upper body takedown, he’s also really good on the double leg [takedown], he simply chooses not to use it. I know he used it in this situation but he didn’t want to lose the position so he dropped to his legs, locked his hands and took him for a ride. When I tell you he’s better than almost 99% of people – I’ve seen him ride with high-level black belts. There’s maybe one round where he had to figure them out, the next round that person is down there just getting run over… Maybe he didn’t finish them but he’s everywhere and these guys are bigger.

Watch the full episode of the Weighing In podcast below:

Islam Makhachev is waiting for his shot?

The 30-year-old Dagestan star seems to really believe in what he can accomplish at lightweight. That’s no surprise given the weight of expectations placed on him following Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement.

At this point, the plan of action is for current king Charles Oliveira to defend the UFC lightweight championship against Justin Gaethje later this year. Regardless of who emerges victorious, the Makhachev train may well continue to roll until there is a chance to win the belt.

Makhachev has expressed interest in fighting for the strap in Abu Dhabi, but it’s not yet clear when the UFC plans to return to Fight Island.

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