Khabib’s Coach Baffled By Conor McGregor’s Performance At UFC 257
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s head coach thinks Conor McGregor was ill-prepared for the calf kicks of Dustin Poirier.
McGregor and Poirier did battle in a rematch at UFC 257. McGregor won the first encounter via first-round TKO back in September 2014. In the rematch, Poirier slowed McGregor’s movement with unchecked leg kicks and then he scored the TKO victory with punches.
Nurmagomedov’s American Kickboxing Academy coach, Javier Mendez, appeared on Submission Radio. Mendez said Poirier took advantage of a massive oversight on McGregor’s part (h/t MMAMania.com).
“When I saw Dustin start going for the leg kicks, I go, ‘Oh my god, Conor’s stance is not made for checking properly, leg kicks like that. Especially calf kicks. So, I thought that was going to be a major problem. And then when he hit Dustin with the good shot and Dustin took it, that’s when I kind of knew, oh boy, things are gonna change. And sure enough, they did. And it was a great game plan from Dustin to work the leg kicks, calf kicks. And it was a bad judgment on Conor’s part to not be prepared for that.
“I don’t understand how you cannot be prepared for something like that, when that’s what everyone’s going to. Khabib, I told him, I reminded him every day that Justin’s coming after your legs, Justin’s coming after your legs. Every day I was telling him that. And you would think that you would be reminded also because that’s a big weapon. Until fighters learn how to deal with it, it’s gonna be a big weapon, guys, big weapon.”