ISLAM MAKHACHEV called out Tony Ferguson after beating Drew Dober – but Nate Diaz slammed the ‘boring as f***’ fight.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov helped corner his team-mate to a seventh straight win.
Islam Makhachev submitted Drew Dober at UFC 259Credit: Getty Images – Getty
Nate Diaz slammed Islam Makhachev on TwitterCredit: Getty – Contributor
Makhachev, touted as the heir to Khabib’s 155lb throne, then called for a top five opponent to accelerate his title ambitions.
And he named ex-interim champion Ferguson – on a two-fight losing streak – as his favoured opponent.
Makhachev, 29, said: “Years ago, I deserved someone from top-five.
“Now I cannot be quiet. Seven-win streak now, please I need some tough guy. Tony Ferguson, please, I’ll be ready.
“I’ll be ready for anyone, please.”
The Russian grappler was dominant throughout, controlling the fight on the floor.
And in the third and final round, Makhachev closed the show with an an arm triangle.
But Diaz – who once brawled with Khabib’s entourage at a 2015 World Series of Fighting show – was not impressed.
He tweeted: “This a wack fight boring as f*** Booo.”
Makhachev improved his record to 19-1, with his sole loss coming against Adriano Martins in 2015.
He was in line to fight former champ Rafael dos Anjos in October at UFC 254, but the Brazilian withdrew with coronavirus.
They were later set to fight in November, but Makhachev pulled out due to staph infection.