Islam Makhachev had a good laugh when the subject of Bobby Green’s wrestling skills was brought up in a recent interview.
Fans who have followed Islam Makhachev’s UFC career can attest to how much his English skills have improved over the years. Makhachev has gone from not speaking English, being barely able to form a sentence, speaking a moderate amount of English, to now becoming a full-fledged roast master, at least as far as Bobby Green’s wrestling skills go. .
At UFC Vegas 49, Makhachev will face Green at 160 pounds. Catchweight bout, with Green serving as a backup to the injured Beneil Dariush. Makhachev appeared on the ESPN program DC and RCwhich is co-hosted by Makhachev’s mentor and teammate on American Top Team, Daniel Cormier.
Makhachev told Cormier and Ryan Clark that his game plan never changes, even when his opponent does. However, Bobby Green was an all-state high school wrestler. With that in mind, Cormier tried to educate Makhachev on Green’s wrestling background which complements his striking, and Makhachev responded by laughing in his face.
Their dialogue was as follows:
Daniel Cormier: But with Bobby Green, he has a very different style, Islam. He’s very talented, he’s skilful and he’s good at stand-up. But what a lot of people miss is the quality of a Bobby Green wrestler. He’s really good at defending takedowns. He has a background in wrestling.
Islam Makhachev: Who said?
Daniel Cormier: Listen, I tell you. What do you mean, ‘Who said?’
Islam Makhachev: Brother, he’s got good boxing and that’s it, brother.
Daniel Cormier: He is trained as a wrestler, Islam.
Islam Makhachev: Maybe he’s watching a wrestling match. That’s it, my brother.
Islam Makhachev: I struggle, my brother, all my life. Wrestling background?
You can see the gist of the exchange below.
Bobby Green is not amused
During UFC Vegas 49 Media Day Scrum, it seemed that Bobby Green caught wind of Makhachev’s remarks. Green did not directly refer to the DC and RC segment, but he clearly has reason to believe that Makhachev does not take him seriously as a competitor and that Daniel Cormier will keep trying to reach him.
“I feel like he doesn’t respect me. He doesn’t understand me either,” Green said. “I don’t know if he watched, but I know DC is one of his guys. And DC will let him know. ‘Hey, do this, and do this, and do this.’ DC paid attention to me. We’ll see.”
If Green gets his way, he won’t need to prove his wrestling credentials in Islam, as he has made no secret that he wants the fight to be a stand-up battle. He said he will be the first person to put Makhachev in a real fight and it will not be a wrestling match on Saturday but a fight.
Makhachev has other ideas. He made no secret of his wrestling game plan with Green. And judging by his reaction to Cormier’s scouting report, he doesn’t believe Green will be equipped to do anything to avoid being turned on and submissive.
Do you think Islam Makhachev underestimates Bobby Green?