Javier Mendez: No one’s ever won a sparring session with Khabib ever. Except one man.



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Javier Mendez: No one’s ever won a sparring session with Khabib ever. Except one man.

Khabib Nurmagomedov retired as an undefeated fighter, and part of the MMA folklore is the story that Khabib never lost a round even in a sparring match in his AKA gym. Although we will never know how much truth there is in that, head coach Javier Mendez stated that there is one man who managed to defeat Khabib in training.

We probably don't even have to tell you that it is, of course, Islam Makhachev. Mendez said yesterday that he thinks Makhachev is the best lightweight fighter in history, and today he continues to fuel the hype and push his fighter as far as he can.

“In all the history, since 2012, since Khabib’s been doing sparring with me in front of my eyes, there has been nobody that’s ever taken a round from him. No one’s ever won a sparring session. Not a sparring session with Khabib ever.

Except one man. Islam,” Mendez said. “He’s the only one that has won rounds from Khabib. Never won a session, but he’s won rounds. And I’ve never seen that. So, obviously, when Khabib talks about the next heir, he’s not saying something that he’s trying to make up and make people believe.

He knows, like I know, how good his Islam is.

Mendez believes Makhachev is the best right now

“That’s why he’s so confident in what he’s saying. Khabib’s not known to say something that he doesn’t mean,” Mendez continued about Islam Makhachev.

“And he means it, I mean it. And now it’s time for Islam to go out there and shine and let everybody know what Khabib already knows and I know, that he’s the best right now. He is the best. And we have to prove it and we will prove it”.

Makhachev is slated to take on top contender Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title in the headlining bout of UFC 280 on Oct. 22 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.