Coach Javier Mendez believes Conor McGregor was fortuitous that it was not Khabib Nurmagomedov standing across from him at UFC 257.
Dustin Poirier was ready to avenge his 2014 loss to Conor McGregor by handing McGregor the initially TKO loss of his job. Poirier implemented a stellar gameplan and systemically broke down Conor McGregor’s correct leg until eventually the Irishman was defenseless from his finishing onslaught. McGregor gave credit score wherever credit score is thanks to Poirier for the success of his leg-kick method, but he also thinks his time away from the Octagon performed a massive role in the end result of the fight.
Conor McGregor experienced not competed due to the fact January 2020 in a battle that consisted of only 40 seconds of ring time when he knocked out Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at UFC 246. But Khabib’s head mentor Javier Mendez thinks the Conor McGregor the planet noticed in 2020 was different from the one particular witnessed at UFC 257 since of unwanted alterations created by McGregor.
“[Inactivity] does impact items, and that’s what he’s stating, but I also transpire to know much too that when you make changes in camp, when things weren’t damaged, why alter them?” Mendez explained to MMA Battling. “I heard he went to Portugal, or anything like that, to do instruction. But what was completely wrong with wherever he’s often qualified? I really do not know. It appears to be like he created a ton of changes, and why adjust when items aren’t broken?”
Mendez Believes Khabib Would Have “Smashed” McGregor
Conor McGregor’s first selection of opponent to kick off 2021 was a rematch from Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite the fact that McGregor was knocked out and had his appropriate leg viciously abused, Mendez believes the consequence would have been a great deal much more just one-sided than his fight versus Poirier had he gotten his wish to struggle Nurmagomedov as a substitute.
“He would’ve received smashed,” Mendez said. “Khabib’s gotten superior. He would’ve obtained smashed. He would have bought smashed. Straight up. Khabib’s superior. He’s far better than he was when they fought two decades back. Conor did not seem to be improved. He’s regressed a small little bit. Khabib’s gotten way greater. He would have gotten smashed.”
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