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AKA head coach Mendez names one fighter who ‘won rounds’ against Khabib in sparring

“He’s the only one that has won rounds from Khabib.”

Part of recent MMA folklore are stories of how Khabib Nurmagomedov is also undefeated in the gym. Legend has it that “The Eagle” outworks and outpaces a lot of his teammates regardless of size, and there are videos to support such claims.

But according to American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez, his now-retired prized protégé wasn’t always undefeated on the mats. In a recent episode of Submission Radio, he named that one fighter who was able to steal some sparring rounds.

“In all the history, since 2012, since Khabib’s been doing sparring with me in front of my eyes, there has been nobody that’s ever taken a round from him. No one’s ever won a sparring session. Not a sparring session with Khabib ever. Except one man. Islam.

“He’s the only one that has won rounds from Khabib. Never won a session, but he’s won rounds. And I’ve never seen that.

Khabib has been hyping Islam Makhachev up as “one of the best in the world” right now. And for Mendez, it was all warranted.

“So, obviously when Khabib talks about the next heir, he’s not saying something that he’s trying to make up and make people believe. He knows, like I know, how good his Islam is. That’s why he’s so confident in what he’s saying.

“Khabib’s not known to say something that he doesn’t mean. And he means it, I mean it. And now it’s time for Islam to go out there and shine and let everybody know what Khabib already knows and I know, that he’s the best right now.

“He is the best. And we have to prove it and we will prove it.”

Makhachev will get a chance to prove all the talk when he faces former champion Charles Oliveira for the vacant lightweight title at UFC 280. The two will headline the October 22nd event in Abu Dhabi.

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BLOCKBUSTER TWO TITLE-FIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Sat. OCT. 22, 20222, with a must-see thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira (33-8), battle No.4 division ranked contender, Islam Makhachev (22-1), for the UFC Vacant Lightweight Championship. Meanwhile, in UFC 280’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we get the current UFC Bantamweight Champion, Aljamain ‘Funk Master’ Sterling, defending his title opposite TJ Dillashaw. These bouts will be preceded by an additional exciting Bantamweight contest between, Petr ‘No Mercy’ Yan and ‘Sugar’ Sean O’Malley, in a must see barnburner.

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