Makhachev's coach praises Gaethje, but closes the door on a possible duel against the athlete

Javier Mendez claims that the North American would be a big threat, but highlights the factor of defeat at UFC 300 as justification for the statement

Justin Gaethje is one of the highlights of the lightweight division. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @justin_gaethje

Justin gaethje is one of the highlights of the lightweight division. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @justin_gaethje

Despite constantly reinforcing that Justin gaethje would be an interesting challenge for the reign of Islam makhachev In the lightweight category (up to 70,3kg), Javier Mendez shows that he has changed his goals. Aware that the North American was defeated in the UFC 300, the Russian's coach states that the long-awaited clash is unlikely to be scheduled in the future between the fighters.

“I thought Gaethje was the biggest trap for us and now he will probably never be in our way. There is no need to talk about him as a threat because he will never be there again, I think,” declared Javier on his podcast.

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Former BMF champion, Justin gaethje he expected to become the next challenger if he defeated Max Holloway in history UFC 300. Despite being considered a favorite in the bookmakers, the veteran ended up being overtaken by his compatriot and knocked out in the last second of the fight. In a new ranking update, the fighter now appears in third place in the ranking.

Javier Mendez is Islam Makhachev's coach. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @akajav

Javier Mendez is coach of Islam makhachev. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @akajav

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Like Javier, Islam also recognizes that an eventual duel against Gaethje would be one of his biggest career challenges. Current lightweight champion, Makhachev does not plan to extend his reign in the division after facing Dustin poirier e Arman Tsarukyan in sequence. The athlete's desire is to move to welterweight (up to 77,1kg) in search of a second Ultimate title.

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