When the rematch was unlikely to take place, any hopes of viewing Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor 2 crashed and burned when Dustin Poirier concluded McGregor in the second spherical of the UFC 257 main function on Jan. 24.
Poirier became the to start with fighter to cease McGregor by using strikes after compromising the Irishman’s mobility with leg kicks. It was a thing Nurmagomedov’s mentor, Javier Mendez, noticed coming times into the UFC bout.
“When I saw Dustin get started likely for the leg kicks, I go, oh my god, Conor’s stance is not built for examining adequately, leg kicks like that. Particularly calf kicks. So, I assumed that was likely to be a important trouble. And then when he strike Dustin with the good shot and Dustin took it, that’s when I type of knew, oh boy, points are gonna transform. And sure more than enough, they did. And it was a good activity plan from Dustin to get the job done the leg kicks, calf kicks. And it was a undesirable judgement on Conor’s part to not be well prepared for that,” Mendez just lately instructed Submission Radio.
“I really don’t understand how you are unable to be ready for a thing like that, when that’s what everyone’s going to. Khabib, I told him, I reminded him every working day that Justin (Gaethje) is coming right after your legs, Justin’s coming soon after your legs. Each and every day I was telling him that. And you would consider that you would be reminded also because that’s a huge weapon. Until finally fighters learn how to deal with it, it is gonna be a massive weapon, men, significant weapon,” Mendez explained.
Judging from McGregor’s effectiveness, Mendez believes “The Notorious” would have been simply defeated by Nurmagomedov in a rematch.
“He would’ve acquired smashed. Khabib’s gotten superior. He would’ve gotten smashed. He would have gotten smashed. Straight up. Khabib’s much better. He’s greater than he was when they fought two decades in the past. Conor didn’t surface to be greater. He’s regressed a tiny little bit. Khabib’s gotten way superior. He would have gotten smashed,” claimed Mendez.
With McGregor’s reduction to Poirier, Mendez thinks that doorway on a rematch with Nurmagomedov has forever closed.
“You’re by no means gonna get that rematch. Just like you’re never ever heading to get the Tony (Ferguson) and Khabib fight. That’s by no means gonna transpire possibly. It is not gonna occur. I mean, Khabib does not will need it. He appears fulfilled. And like I mentioned, I believe the only juicy portion for him is what his father wished, GSP. I’ve claimed it quite a few instances. And who is aware of, probably that’s out of the query now. It’s possible GSP does not want it, maybe Khabib really do not want it now. I really do not know, bring about I by no means talked to Khabib about what he desires, I’ve normally listened to him,” reported Mendez.
In accordance to Mendez, a battle versus Georges St-Pierre was the only struggle that could have lured Nurmagomedov back into the Octagon. Even if McGregor had beaten Poirier, Mendez is not sure if it would have mattered.
“I didn’t even know if he [Conor] would’ve finished excellent that Khabib would even struggle him, trigger he’s gotta request his mother’s authorization very first. You men gotta remember, the crucial issue is, he’s gotta check with his mom for authorization far too. And I didn’t see GSP remaining made available. And I believed the only way he was gonna come out of it was if GSP was in that photograph. But dependent what it occurred, I really don’t see why he would want to occur out and combat any individual. Why? Combating the greatest is not gonna encourage him. He’s not on the lookout at the dollars facet of it. But if they can put GSP, if they can place GSP on the table, probably there’s a possibility there,” he mentioned.
“And I’m not declaring it will come about, since I don’t know, but I’m just saying GSP may well be the only a single. I have usually thought it was GSP, mainly because that is what his father desired, and I assume if they can get that a single labored out and he can get his mother’s permission, I assume that one particular could do the job. But I don’t feel anyone else is gonna perform. Period”
“If he requested my feeling, I would say maintain out for GSP, or retire. That’s what I would convey to him. But he’s never ever asked me, so that discussion never took location,” Mendez claimed.