Islam Makhachev calls for title shot after mauling Bobby Green for first-round stoppage in UFC Vegas 49 main event
Islam Makhachev wants a title shot after he crushed another opponent in the main event of UFC Vegas 49.
It took the Dagestani fighter less than one round to finish off Bobby Green after he landed him on the canvas with a takedown and never let the veteran fighter get up again. Once Makhachev was on top, he began throwing successive punches that trapped Green with nowhere to run.
After a series of unanswered throws, with Green only able to cover for defense, referee Herb Dean saw enough to stop the bout, which ended just 3:23 into the first round.
“I feel good,” Makhachev said after his 10th win in a row. “I’m very happy. I’m training so hard for this fight. I’ve been waiting for Beneil [Dariush]I think he will fix his [injury] very soon, and we can meet again.”
Although Makhachev was a huge favorite in the fight after Beneil Dariush was forced out of the main event with an injury and replaced by Green just two weeks later, it was still a risk as a potential title shot hangs in the balance.
Despite the stakes, Makhachev looked like a future champion with his performance, dominating Green from the first second of the fight to the very last.
It didn’t take long for the 30-year-old former sambo champion to close the distance, push Green into the cage, and then fall to grab his legs to fight the fight on the canvas. Once at the top, Makhachev, as usual, turned into a choke force, pressing with all his weight on Green and trying to destroy the opponent’s defense.
It only took a few seconds before Makhachev moved up the mountain, and from there Green lived on credit.
Makhachev was ruthless in his ground and pound, simply throwing overhand left and right while Green could only try to twist and turn to avoid further damage. It was a valiant effort by Green, but he was stuck with no way to escape, and Makhachev simply beat him off with shots from above.
When it became clear that Green was merely covering his head without much resistance, the referee had no choice but to stop the fight and Makhachev immediately celebrated his latest victory.
Green was understandably upset by the loss, but he also gave Makhachev credit for a job well done.
“I am very disappointed,” Greene said. “But that’s what happens when you try to put something together so quickly. At least he got the finish line, he did exactly what he said he was going to do.”
On Saturday night, Makhachev was already declared the #1 de facto lightweight contender, but he sealed his place with another lopsided victory in the main event at UFC Vegas 49.
Now it looks like he’ll be looking forward to the upcoming title fight between defending champion Charles Oliveira and Justin Gaethje at UFC 274 in May to see who’s next on his list.
“I just want a title fight,” Makhachev said. “I’m tired of all these things. I need a title fight. I’m ready, I’m here. Just tell me when and where, that’s all.