Islam Makhachev was recently in Australia doing media to promote his upcoming fight against Alexander Volaknovski at UFC 284 on February 11th. Makhachev addressed his corner as it will no longer feature his longtime friend and former Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov who has recently taken a step back from MMA coaching.
Overall, Makhachev is not concerned about not having Khabib there, although he acknowledges the benefits of having someone with his experience for guidance. He has, as mentioned, fought without Khabib in his corner before, with both even having shared a card at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi.
Makhachev is coming off his title-winning effort back at UFC 280 in October against Charles Oliveira. The win proved that Makhachev is amongst the elite in the UFC and vaulted him to a top three ranking pound for pound.
We will see how Islam Makhachev responds as he has his toughest test to date next, traveling to enemy territory to defend his Lightweight crown against Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in Perth, Australia at UFC 284 on February 11th.