Islam Makhachev will take on Arman Tsarukyan in the Co-Main event of UFC Fight Night 149. The 27-year-old Makhachev has been tipped to be the next big thing in the lightweight division of the UFC. Currently riding a four fight win streak, Makhachev is known for his high level sambo, but can mix up his style as well. He has gotten a finish in his last two fights, beating Gleison Tibau via TKO in January of 2018 before submitting Kajan Johnson in the first round in a fight in July of 2018.
Makhachev is the heavy favorite in his fight on Saturday against Arman Tsarukyan (13-1). Makhachev will be fighting in his homeland of Russia, an occasion that he is relishing. Makhachev explained his desire to put in a strong performance in Russia, stating, “This fight is important for me because I want to put on a show for my people”. If Makhachev was considered a difficult fight before, he will be that more dangerous when fighting on home turf in Russia.
Training out of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA), Makhachev has had the experience of training with the highest level of fighters. AKA is home to Daniel Cormier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and more. This, along with the plethora of tools that Makhachev brings to the table, has made him one to look out for in the lightweight division. If Makhachev gets a win in his upcoming fight, expect the Russian to start picking up some momentum in his division. With a win putting him at 17-1, a big opponent is bound to be next for the up-and-coming fighter.
Make sure to tune into this fight and more when UFC Fight Night 149 goes down in St. Petersburg, Russia, this Saturday.
The rest of the main card below:
Main Event : Alistair Overeem (44-17-0) v. Aleksei Oleinik (57-11-1)
Sergey Pavlovich (12-1-0) v. Marcelo Golm (6-2-0)
Ivan Shtyrkov (15-0-1) v. Devin Clark (9-3-0)
Roxanne Modafferi (22-15-0) v. Antonina Shevchenko (7-0-0)
Krzysztof Jotko (19-4-0) v. Alen Amedovski (8-0-0)