The founder of the American Kickboxing Academy has appeared in Submit radio Break down the main event of UFC 257Saw McGregor fall into his rematch Dustin Poirier After succumbing to a strike in the second round. Poirier tactically used leg kicks to limit McGregor’s maneuverability and later ended with a punch against the cage.McGregor later admitted that Poirier’s strategy had left his foot. “Completely dead.”
Mendes immediately saw the effect of Poirier’s leg kick and wondered why McGregor and his team weren’t so prepared.
“When I see Dustin start a leg kick, I go, huh, Connor’s stance isn’t made to check properly, such a leg kick,” Mendes said. (Transcribed by Dennis Schkratov). “Especially the calf kick. So I thought it would be a big problem, but when he hit Dustin with a good shot and Dustin took it, that was when I knew a bit, oh Things will change and they did enough. Doing leg kicks and calf kicks from Dustin was a great game plan and not preparing for it was a bad decision on Connor’s side.
“I don’t understand how you can’t prepare for something like that, when that’s what everyone will do. Habib, I told him, I told him every day. Justin comes after your feet, Justin comes after your feet. ” Every day I told him so. And since it’s a great weapon, you’ll think you’ll be remembered again. It will be a great weapon until the fighter learns how to deal with it. “
Mendes pointed out that McGregor’s karate stance is particularly poor at dealing with Muay Thai kickboxing. He knows one or two things about UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, given his success in leading him to victory over a renowned leg kick specialist. Justin Gaethje so UFC 254 During October.
Regarding McGregor, who is probably suffering from inactivity (this was McGregor’s third MMA fight since 2016), Mendes acknowledged that was a factor and could change his UFC 257 training routine. He added that it could have had a negative impact on performance.
“”[Inactivity] Affect things. That’s what he says, but when you make changes in the camp, you also know why you change them when things aren’t broken. “Mendez said. “He went to Portugal for training, etc. But what was the problem with the place he was always training? I don’t know. He seems to have made a lot of changes. Why change when things aren’t broken?
“I always told Habib and all of them why you change it when you’re doing something good and you’re winning. Why are you trying to change things? If it’s working, you don’t have to change things. That’s what I’m thinking. I’m not saying I’m right. I’m just saying that’s what I’m thinking. is.”
Following McGregor’s defeat, Nurmagomedov I took a shot On Twitter, he told his old rival, “This has happened. When you change teams, leave your sparring partner as the champion and keep your little kids and sparring far from reality.”
Mendes said that Nurmagomedov would make sense if it had the truth.He is also pleased to see the trash story between the two cooled down compared to the deep and personal insults they traded before the duel. UFC 229 In 2018.
Still, Mendes sees no reason why another battle should take place between Nurmagomedov and McGregor. Because it’s not close to his eyes.
“He would have been destroyed,” Mendes said. “Habib is better. He will be destroyed. He will be destroyed. Straight. Habib is better. He is better than when they fought two years ago. Connor It didn’t look good. He retreated a little. Habib was much better. He would have been destroyed. “
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In the rematch of Khabib Nurmagomedov, coach Habib Mendes asked about Conor McGregor’s preparations for UFC 257, and he said he would be “crushed.”
https://www.mmafighting.com/2021/1/27/22252212/coach-javier-mendez-conor-mcgregor-preparation-ufc-257-hed-get-smashed-khabib-nurmagomedov-rematch In the rematch of Khabib Nurmagomedov, coach Habib Mendes asked about Conor McGregor’s preparations for UFC 257, and he said he would be “crushed.”