Khabib preaches respect, but makes an optimistic prediction for the fight between Makhachev and Poirier at UFC 302

Islam Makhachev's mentor, Khabib Nurmagomedov believes in his pupil's victory until the third round on June 1st

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Islam makhachev e Khabib Nurmagomedov They are icons in the UFC lightweight division. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

If on one side Islam makhachev exudes confidence and predicts a quick victory over Dustin poirier No. UFC 302 and on the other, the Russian's trainer Javier Mendez expects a triumph in a long five-round fight, Khabib Nurmagomedov take the middle ground.

In a video published on his official YouTube channel, Khabib Nurmagomedov, friend, coach and mentor of Islam makhachev, preached respect for Dustin poirier, his former opponent, and highlighted the 'Diamond' experience.

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“Many people underestimate Dustin poirier. I fought him, I spent three rounds and more than ten minutes with him and I have a good idea of ​​his strengths and weaknesses. We are working hard on these aspects. Poirier is very experienced and has been in many battles. He lost, but he also has many victories in the UFC. He is an experienced warrior. You can’t go easy on him,” he warned.

Despite the respect shown towards Dustin poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov he assured that he had a plan to deal with the American and stated that he expected Makhachev to win between the second and third rounds.

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“We have a lot of respect for Dustin, but on June 1st he is our opponent. We have a clearly developed plan for the fight and I believe Islam will follow it. I hope Islam finishes the fight in the second or third round,” he concluded.

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