Khabib Nurmagomedov’s coach, Javier Mendez, has sent a warning to Justin Gaethje heading into their lightweight title fight at the upcoming UFC 254 pay-per-view event.
The head coach of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) thinks that Gaethje doesn’t fully understand the greatness of Khabib’s takedown game and ability to hold someone down.
Of course, Gaethe prides himself as an NCAA Division I All-American.
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Coach Sends Warning To Justin Gaethje
“I know he’s working with the welterweight champion, so he does have someone good working with him, but it’s different when you’re fighting Khabib,” Mendez said on Monday’s episode of Hablemos MMA (H/T to MMA Junkie). “It’s different. Let’s see what happens, but he’s preparing well, he’s preparing with the champion and the champion is really good.”
“The thing with Justin is, when has he used wrestling?” Mendez said. “I’ve never seen it. Just to get up, but he hasn’t used the wrestling. So let’s see what happens. If we can’t get him down, we have a fight. If we get him down there’s not going to be a big problem because he doesn’t work on the ground, from what I’ve seen. If you’re not working wrestling in your fights, it’s going to be hard in your first fight given how big the fight is and that he’s taking on the master of the ground in Khabib. It’s going to be tough for him. However, if we can’t get him down, it will be hard for us.”
“He says he’s tough to take down, so let’s see what happens,” said Mendez. “I don’t think it’s going to be as hard as he thinks, but it’s possible that it’s tough to take him down. I don’t believe it will, because Khabib is a master at taking the fight to the ground. Look, if you’re an Olympic wrestler and it’s in MMA, he’ll take you down. He’s the master of this. He knows how to penetrate, how to enter with his striking, he knows. It’s different, it’s not the same.”