Khabib Nurmagomedov’s coach doesn’t consider the UFC light-weight champion will battle to place Justin Gaethje on the deck as a result of the Russian is ‘a grasp of the bottom’.
‘The Eagle’ returns after a yr away from the octagon to defend his 155lbs title in opposition to interim holder Gaethje at UFC 254 on Battle Island in Abu Dhabi.
Khabib has taken down the overwhelming majority of opponents he has confronted within the octagon with consummate ease and unleashed a fearsome floor and pound sport.
Nevertheless, there are those that argue Gaethje’s background as a NCAA Division I wrestler and his devastating placing make him the right antidote to Khabib’s relentless stress and wrestling.
However Javier Mendez, who has helped information the 32-year-old to an unimaginable report of 28-Zero in skilled MMA, believes his pupil is a unique beast to another light-weight on the planet.
“The factor with Justin is, when has he used wrestling?” Mendez not too long ago stated on MMA Junkie’s Hablemos MMA podcast. “I’ve by no means seen it.
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“Simply to rise up, however he hasn’t used the wrestling. So let’s see what occurs.
“If we are able to’t get him down, we’ve got a struggle. If we get him down there’s not going to be a giant downside as a result of he doesn’t work on the bottom, from what I’ve seen.
“Should you’re not working wrestling in your fights, it’s going to be onerous in your first struggle given how massive the struggle is and that he’s taking over the grasp of the bottom in Khabib. It’s going to be powerful for him. Nevertheless, if we are able to’t get him down, will probably be onerous for us.
“He says he’s powerful to take down, so let’s see what occurs. I don’t suppose it’s going to be as onerous as he thinks, nevertheless it’s doable that it’s powerful to take him down. I don’t consider it should, as a result of Khabib is a grasp at taking the struggle to the bottom.
“Look, in the event you’re an Olympic wrestler and it’s in MMA, he’ll take you down. He’s the grasp of this. He is aware of methods to penetrate, methods to enter along with his placing, he is aware of. It’s totally different, it’s not the identical.”
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