With a dominating win over Bobby Green, UFC No. 4 lightweight Islam Makhachev did enough to claim the title fight winner between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje, legendary referee John McCarthy said.
“Before the fight, I said that Islam would win the fight, I had no doubts about it, but I thought that Bobby could survive the first round, and he couldn’t,” said “Big” John in the next episode of his podcast. “Islam is good, and we all knew how good he was, but I thought it would be difficult for him to get a takedown, especially in the middle of the octagon, but he did everything in a smart way – deprived the opponent of space, pushed him to the net, had a great takedown, and from that moment on he was completely dominated”
“People criticize Herb Dean for stopping the fight early, but even if he had given Green more time, it wouldn’t have changed anything – Bobby was unable to move, Islam paralyzed him. It was a beautiful win and Makhachev put himself in a position to face the winner of the title fight between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje. Whichever of them wins this fight, he will meet with a real monster in the person of Makhachev.
Recall that the fight between Islam Makhachev and Bobby Green, who headed the UFC Fight Night 202 tournament in Las Vegas, ended in the first round with the victory of the Russian by technical knockout, and the title fight between Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje on May 7 will head the UFC 274 tournament, the venue of which while remains unknown.