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Islam Makhachev Reveals Why He Has no Nickname- “I am that guy”

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Islam Makhachev, the UFC lightweight champion, is known for his dominant performances inside the octagon. Despite being one of the most popular fighters on the roster, he has intentionally chosen not to adopt a nickname. In a recent press conference, Makhachev explained his rationale behind this decision, stating“No, I don’t want [one], because everybody has [one]. But this guy, someone has to be without a nickname. I am that guy, who doesn’t have [a] nickname.”

Islam Makhachev’s Unconventional Approach

While many fighters embrace nicknames as part of their persona, Makhachev has taken an unconventional approach. His refusal to adopt a moniker sets him apart from his opponents and allows him to stand out in a sea of fighters with colorful aliases. Let’s delve deeper into why Makhachev has chosen to be the exception rather than the rule.

The Influence of Khabib Nurmagomedov

Islam Makhachev’s decision not to have a nickname is also influenced by his close friend and mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is famously known as “The Eagle.” Khabib’s legacy looms large in the lightweight division, and his nickname has become synonymous with his dominant reign as the UFC lightweight champion. However, Makhachev has always wanted to forge his own path and not be in Khabib’s shadow. Coach Javier Mendez revealed that Makhachev has never wanted to be Khabib; he has always felt that he is Islam and wants to be recognized as such.

Makhachev’s decision reflects his authenticity and confidence. By choosing not to adopt a nickname, he emphasizes that he is comfortable being himself. While other fighters may seek catchy monikers to enhance their marketability, Makhachev’s focus remains on his skills, discipline, and dedication to the sport. He doesn’t need a flashy nickname to validate his status; his performances speak for themselves.

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