With all the excited discuss across the sport relating to the attainable comeback of Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC star’s coach urged folks to pump the brakes just a bit.
Head coach of the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, California, Javier Mendez, has taken on head coach duties with Khabib following the premature demise of his father and coach, Abdulmanap, final 12 months.
And the previous kickboxing star-turned-MMA coach mentioned that he agreed with Khabib’s assertion that he would wish to have a particular combat in entrance of him to coax him out of retirement.
However he additionally made a vital level – he’d have to get his mom’s permission first.
“I agree (it must be a particular combat for him to return again). However we even have to recollect one factor: he has to get his mom’s permission too,” Mendez instructed RT Sport in Abu Dhabi.
“Mom’s plan. She has to approve. He can say ‘sure,’ however he has to comply with mom.
“He mentioned, ‘I promised mom.’ Nicely, she hasn’t given permission, so far as I’m involved. The good individual that he’s, if he decides to return again and feels somebody is worthy, he’s going to should ask mom, too.”
In fact, discuss of Khabib’s attainable return has reignited the hype surrounding a possible rematch in opposition to Conor McGregor and, with each males at the moment in Abu Dhabi, Mendez mentioned the UFC can be effectively suggested to maintain the 2 heated rivals effectively aside.
“I’d assume they (the UFC) would attempt to keep away from (a gathering), that may be good,” he mentioned.
“I feel one hundred pc it is sensible to keep away from these conferences… Conor as a fighter is unbelievable, probably the greatest I’ve ever seen, however as an individual I don’t like him, I don’t like what he does, talking about nation, faith and household. I don’t assume they need to ever come into play for the combat sport. Discuss trash, however depart all the opposite stuff alone.