Morning Report: Daniel Cormier: Islam Makhachev had ‘one of the most dominant performances’ ever for a title challenger

Morning Report: Daniel Cormier: Islam Makhachev had ‘one of the most dominant performances’ ever for a title challenger

Updated: 5 months, 6 days, 4 hours, 55 minutes, 20 seconds ago

At UFC 280, Islam Makhachev proved to everyone just how legit he is.

This past weekend’s main event featured one of the most anticipated UFC title fights in recent memory. Lightweight’s most impressive streak holders, Makhachev and former champion Charles Oliveira, finally got to go at it, and unfortunately for Oliveira, it wasn’t as competitive as he’d have liked it to be.

Calling the action that night was Makhachev’s old American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) teammate Daniel Cormier. Even though he has firsthand experience with Makhachev in the training room, Cormier was still wildly surprised by the showing under the brightest spotlight.

“He did it to a Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira who was in shape, who was prepared, but he knew exactly what he needed to do and I thought that was shown very early in the fight,” Cormier said on DC & RC.

“I’ve been in this kid’s arm triangle. It’s so tight. The moment he was able to clear guard, Charles Oliveira tapped, and I’m telling you, it was one of the most dominant performances that we’ve ever seen from a challenger.”

Oliveira had some moments early on and per UFC Stats managed to land the most significant strikes of any Makhachev opponent, albeit only 19. Ultimately, Makhachev’s phenomenal wrestling pressure was too much to overcome for the majority of the bout.

“Do Bronx’s” incredible submission threats were shut down with relative ease before he got dropped in the second round and finished with an arm triangle choke. Makhachev did exactly what he said he was going to do and now the community is largely in agreement that a lengthy new era atop the perpetually stacked 155-pound weight class could be set to unfold.

“I’ll say this without a shadow of a doubt about Islam,” Cormier said. “He’s always been the best guy in the room. We all thought if he could make the same type of skill and show the way that he shows in the practice room in the octagon, he would be the best in the world. Now, I’m not saying he’s better than Khabib [Nurmagomedov], I’m just saying he was just always so good. But he was never able to just take it and do it in the octagon as well as he did it inside of the gym.

“The one thing that was surprising to me was that when I talk to these guys ... and I’m talking Charles, Islam, Aljo, T.J. Dillashaw, Sean O’Malley, and Petr Yan, I had never seen six guys that were so sure they were gonna win. Charles Oliveira thought he was gonna knock that guy out in the first round. Islam Makhachev right away said, ‘I’m gonna submit Charles Oliveira.’ Even I when talking to him I was like, ‘Islam, you cannot believe you’re just gonna walk through this dude.’”


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He handled it well.

Filming DC&RC and a damn earthquake!!! 5.1 , watch my screen as I am talking about prepping for a fight. My god, great show today tho! @espnmma @Realrclark25— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 25, 2022

Let’s go.

We coming for all the titles let’s goooo!!!!— Juan Archuleta (@jarchmma) October 25, 2022

Contest time.

Yoooo giving away 2 free ticket to UFC282 in vegas. All you gotta do is make me a fighter poster or video for my fight and included Ounce Upon A Coconut. Winner will be picked next month! Tag anyone who might be interested— Billy Quarantillo (@BillyQMMA) October 25, 2022


Failure hurts, but it teaches! Thank you @beneildariush for great battle and valuable lessons
Still on the way!— Mateusz Gamrot (@gamer_mma) October 25, 2022

Getting creative with the nicknames.

Hey Alljizzlame. Your last 3 Fights.

1. Beat Yan via Academy Award
2. Gifted Dec via Guilt
3. Hate Crime over Handicapped Fighter

Sign the Contract . @funkmasterMMA— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) October 25, 2022

I’m on vacation bro. Working on my Cejudo dad bod.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 25, 2022

Fair point.

Why is colby number 2 again? Because he lost lost to kamaru twice? should start calling him Buffalo bills. Famous for losing 4 straight super bowls— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 25, 2022


There it is.

Just rewatched the fight, def won. ❤️

— Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) October 26, 2022

Strong season.

Band work.


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I’m not sure it’s No. 1, but Makhachev’s win is definitely up there in this conversation.

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