Islam Makhachev is all set to lock horns with Bobby Green at UFC Vegas 49 this weekend. Green, who stepped in on short notice to fight the Russian star has already gained respect from the MMA community but Makhachev has no plans to slow down on his opponent.
Speaking ahead of the fight, Makhachev said that he will be looking for a first-round finish against Green so that he can fast track himself towards the UFC Lightweight title.
“We’re going to talk inside the cage. I’m going to take him down and tell him, ‘Hey, let’s go. Get up. He’s going to talk with me when we’re beginning, striking, but when I’m going to take him down, I’m going to ask him a couple questions. I have to finish Bobby Green, first round [to capture the attention of Charles Oliveira], and I will do it,” Makhachev said (h/t MMA Junkie).
Makhachev also went on to praise the heart of Bobby Green and laid out his plan for the weekend.
“This guy, you know, he has a big heart because he took this fight before one week, and he has a good boxing style. About wrestling and grappling, we will check. I have always the same plan: takedown, make them tired and finish him there. The same plan I have with Bobby, too,” Makhachev added.
Makhachev is heading into the fight on the back of an impressive winning streak when Green is having a quick turnaround following his win over Nasrat Haqparast.
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