UFC predictions: Is Islam Makhachev on unstoppable rise or will Thiago Moises stand in his way?

  • MMA columnist for ESPN.com
  • Analyst for “MMA Live”
  • Covered MMA for Las Vegas Sun

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he will never grace the UFC’s Octagon as a fighter again, but he’ll be just outside of it on Saturday to corner his teammate and friend from Dagestan, lightweight Islam Makhachev.

Makhachev (19-1) will be in his first UFC main event this weekend in Las Vegas, when he faces Thiago Moises (15-4) as a massive betting favorite (-650).

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