Conor McGregor would have been ‘DESTROYED’ by Khabib Nurmagomedov during a rematch, Russian Javier Mendez claims … and he says the Irishman, who lost to Dustin Poirer on Fight Island, ‘got backwards’
- Conor McGregor suffered a major setback after being stopped by Dustin Poirier
- The Irishman was hoping for an epic rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov
- But the Russian’s trainer believes his fighter is better than two years ago
- Javier Mendez says McGregor would be ‘crushed’ and feels he has ‘deteriorated’
Conor McGregor would have been ‘crushed’ in a rematch against Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Russian’s coach claims – after his hopes for an epic showdown went up in flames in his loss to Dustin Poirier.
‘Notorious’ was a firm favorite to pass the American on Fight Island last weekend, but got a shock when he was stopped in the second round at UFC 257, leaving the Irishman at a crossroads after returning from retirement.
Khabib, who hung up his gloves in October after his victory over Justin Gaethje, has been contemplating a comeback and the Irishman has been hailed as an opponent who could lure him back into the game.
Conor McGregor would be ‘crushed’ if he faced Khabib Nurmagomedov again, Russian coach claimed
The Russian has improved since defeating McGregor via submission in 2018, Javier Mendez said
But the lightweight champion was far from impressed after seeing McGregor collapse and writing on Twitter, ‘Here’s what happened. [sic]If you change teams, leave the sparring partners who made you champion and spar with small children far from reality. ‘
And coach Javier Mendez agrees with his fighter – he says McGregor has ‘backed down’ while Khabib has improved since beating his rival via submission in their 2018 fight.
‘[McGregor] would have been crushed, ”Mendez said Radio entry. Khabib has gotten better. He would have been crushed. He would have been immediately beaten.
Khabib (L) ‘doesn’t need a rematch’ against McGregor, according to Mendez (right)
McGregor was shocked by American Poirier (R) despite being a favorite on Fight Island
Khabib is better. He’s better than he was when they fought two years ago. Conor didn’t seem to be any better. He has deteriorated a bit. Khabib has gotten much better. He would have been crushed. ‘
McGregor had no answer for Poirier’s devastating leg kicks, which left him an injury “the size of an American football,” and Mendez believes he showed “poor judgment” in not preparing for his strategy.
When I saw Dustin go for the leg kicks, I said, ‘Oh my god, Conor’s position was not made to control such good leg kicks,’ he added. ‘Especially calf kicks. So I thought that was going to be a big deal.
“It was a great game plan from Dustin to train the leg kicks, calf kicks. And it was a bad judgment from Conor not to be prepared for that.
The Irishman had no answer to Poirier’s leg kicks as he was interrupted from the second round
McGregor admitted after the fight that he wasn’t sure where his career would go from this point after earlier claiming that a crossover fight with boxer Manny Pacquiao was “ almost a certainty. ” The Filipino fighter’s promoter admitted this week that the demand for that fight was “not there at the moment.”
And Mendez says he can forget a second fight against Khabib, who promised never to fight again for his late father, and claims the 32-year-old is “not necessary” to face him and prefer Georges St. Pierre.
“You’ll never get that second chance,” he continued. ‘Just like you will never have the fight between Tony and Khabib. That will never happen. It’s not going to happen. I mean, Khabib doesn’t need it. He seems fulfilled. And like I said I think the only juicy part for him is what his daddy wanted [Georges St-Pierre].
‘I’ve said it many times. And who knows, maybe that is now out of the question. Maybe GSP doesn’t want it, maybe Khabib doesn’t want it now. I don’t know because I’ve never talked to Khabib about what he wants, I’ve always listened to him. ‘