Javier Mendez One of the best coaches in the world. Trainers from AKA have been trained Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev over the past decade and he reveals who is the better striker of the two Dagestanis.
Islam Makhachev is one of the favorites to be the next UFC champion. Lightweight 4, like any other fighter from Dagestan, is an elite wrestler and arguably has the best groundwork in light weight currently. Islam is dubbed as Khabib’s successor and is expected to have a successful reign in the UFC like his retired teammate.
Fans and critics have said that Islam is a support for Khabib because he is not afraid to stand up and take the blows against his opponents, unlike the former champion. Javier Mendez, coach of AKA revealed who according to him is the better striker of the two. Mendez appeared on The Schmozone Podcast to promote his student’s fight at UFC Vegas 49 this weekend.
“He was too loyal to me,” says Javier Mendez, who said Khabib never practiced standing up with anyone else.
“He was unbelievable on the ground. What I gave him was, finishing touches, sharpening his stand,” Coach Javier talked about his student Khabib. “He doesn’t train with anyone but me. When he came home, I would let him practice with the others but he didn’t do that. He was too loyal to me when he stood up. ”
Islam, appeared a little later than Khabib although both were good training partners from childhood. Khabib made his debut in 2012 while Islam made his debut in 2015. According to coach Mendez, Islam put more effort into attacking to make him better.
“While Islam is very smart. He will practice with other trainers so that’s why his swing is more advanced than Khabib’s. Not because Khabib is less talented. He’s incredibly talented,” says coach Mendez has settled the debate over who is the better striker between the two Dagestanis. Watch Mendez talk about Makhachev and Khabib below:
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