Islam Makhachev's coach points out the biggest technical difference between his pupil and Khabib Nurmagomedov

In Javier Mendez's opinion, Islam Makhachev is more dangerous in a stand-up and complete fight than the former champion

I. Makhachev and K. Nurmagomedov arriving at UFC Apex (Photo: Instagram/UFC Russia)

Keeping an eye on the steps taken by Islam makhachev in the lightweight division (up to 70,3 kg.), Javier Mendez was not averse to comparing the current champion's abilities with those of Khabib Nurmagomedov. When commenting on the current and former generation of AKA in the category, the athletes' coach highlighted the biggest difference in training and performance during fights in the Octagon.

“Khabib was more focused on the ground, but that's what we wanted. We always told him, 'Take the fight to the ground, take the fight to the ground. Father's plan, father's plan.' With Islam, he is training in all styles: Muay Thai and boxing with other instructors in Dagestan. Khabib never did that, he only trained with me. This is why Islam has evolved so much in scams. Islam can fight however he wants, Khabib we told him to fight because no one in the world could deal with him, and we knew that,” said Mendez in an interview with Hablemos MMA.


For me, Javier stated that despite the technical difference, the athletes' discipline is the same.

“They are two different fighters and they don’t work the same way. The only thing they do the same way is discipline. They both work hard, but their style is different,” he concluded.


A. Nurmagomedov (left) was responsible for the successes of I. Makhachev (center) and K. Nurmagomedov. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram

Towards his third title defense in the category, Makhachev is preparing to face Dustin poirier this Saturday (1). In a duel valid for the lightweight belt, the athletes will perform in the main fight of the UFC 302. The event is scheduled to take place in Newark (USA).


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