Makhachev’s Coach Dismisses The Threat From Holloway

 Islam Makhachev’s coach, Javier Mendez, has dismissed the threat posed by Max Holloway

Makhachev faces Dustin Poirier at UFC 302 on June 1, defending his UFC Lightweight Title for a third time. Islam won the belt at UFC 280 against Charles Oliveira before defending it twice with wins against Alexander Volkanovski. Holloway is coming off a KO win against Justin Gaethje at UFC 300. He stopped ‘The Highlight’ with a second left to secure the BMF Belt. While Holloway called out Ilia Topuria, Makhachev was also mentioned as an alternative. Mendez felt Holloway could not compete with his fighter. 

“It’ll be a grueling situation for Max [Holloway], not as much for Islam [Makhachev] because Max doesn’t really have great wrestling defense, nor does he care to have it. I don’t look at him as a huge threat, though he’s proven us wrong [before]. The fans might want to see it, so if the fans want to see it, the UFC offers it, there it is,” Mendez said 

Makhachev must first beat Poirier. Dustin is desperate to secure his first world title, having lost to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242 in 2019 and Oliveira at UFC 269 two years later. Retirement is on his mind, and this could happen after the Islam fight. 

Poirier stopped Benoit Saint-Denis at UFC 299 in his last fight after losing to Gaethje at UFC 291. Makhachev has Khabib Nurmagomedov in camp, making the task tougher for Poirier. Makhachev is the man to beat, and plenty are lining up to fight him. 

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