There was a lot Light-weight expertise on show final night time (Sat. Feb. 26, 2022) at UFC Vegas 49.
From the underside of the cardboard to the highest, there have been stellar performances. Early within the preliminary portion of the night time, Terrance McKinney appeared staggeringly athletic in a fast submission win, bettering to 2-0 with a pair of first spherical finishes. Two fights later, Ignacio Bahamondes pulverized and strangled a really sport Zhu Rong, proving himself a formidable mixture of attain, energy, and quantity on the ft.
Issues grew extra severe on the primary card. 25 yr outdated Arman Tsarukyan, already positioned at No. 13, scored the most important victory of his profession by knifing via Joel Alvarez and leaving him in a pool of his personal blood. It was spectacular work in opposition to a wonderful fighter, and it already seems like Tsarukyan needs to be favored over a number of present High 10 fighters.
Light-weight is superior. It’s been superior for a very long time. Lots of the unranked fighters at Light-weight — males like Joel Alvarez and Bobby Inexperienced — have the abilities of prime contenders in different divisions.
That’s what makes Islam Makhachev’s absolute dominance so unimaginable.
By each metric, Makhachev is outclassing his opponents. Extra impressively, he’s getting increasingly dominant even whereas preventing more durable opposition. On his present 10 combat win streak, Makhachev has completed six opponents. 4 of these are his most up-to-date bouts, and now the final two have come within the first spherical.
Makhachev doesn’t actually get hit, and his opponents can’t compete with him on the canvas. Inexperienced might lose a debatable determination at the least yearly, however when’s the final time Inexperienced bought dominated? It’s extraordinarily uncommon, and Makhachev made it seem like an off-the-cuff stroll within the park.
We’d all wish to see Makhachev vs. Beneil Dariush or one other High 5 contender earlier than his title shot. UFC has tried to ebook such a combat on a number of events now, nevertheless it hasn’t materialized. At this level, nevertheless, it’s now not crucial, as a result of the very fact is actually staring us within the face: Makhachev might be the perfect on this planet. He’s beating extremely gifted fighters effortlessly, and that’s one thing solely champions actually accomplish.
At first, talks of “the following Khabib” had been untimely. Now, it’s beginning to look a complete lot extra like actuality.
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