Khabib Nurmagomedov’s coach Javier Mendez gave his thoughts on the potential opponents for the UFC lightweight champion mot dangerous. The founder of AKA Gym in San Jose believes the former two-weight UFC champion Conor Mcgregor is still the toughest fight for the 30-years-old Russian.
#UFC229 El entrenador del campeón ruso, Javier Méndez, tiene claro que los juegos mentales de #McGregor no afectarán a Khabib Nurmagomedov, Méndez que trabaja en AKA junto al 2 veces campeón Cormier expresó: “La mentalidad de Khabib es tan fuerte que creo que nunca va a perder”. pic.twitter.com/EpVwVJMJoV
— Edu González Chang (@EduChang) September 28, 2018
The Dagestani champ will be making his return to the Octagon against the interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier (25-5) at UFC 242, but Mendez ranked “The Diamond” as the third most dangerous adversary for Khabib.
“Talking about four potential rivals for Khabib I can give my assessment from the least dangerous to the most dangerous,” Mendez said of Nurmagomedov (via MMA News).
“Max Holloway would be the easiest for Khabib. Max has good boxing but it lacks the power to the lightweight division. Next on the list is Dustin Poirier. He’s got stamina and versatility. Tony Ferguson is my second choice. His elbows are very dangerous. And finally, number one contender for me is still Conor. His boxing is special, that’s his chance.”