Khabib’s coach warned him every day: Poirier is coming for your legs
The MMA world is still reeling from the big upset at UFC 257 where Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor midway through the 2nd round. The internet has lots of analysts from major networks to Tiktok tearing the fight apart to identify exactly how Poirier turned the tide in the second round and left “The Well-known” Conor McGregor ridiculous on the canvas.
Dustin’s calf kicks definitely played a big part in deadening McGregor’s leg and hindering his motion. That’s what AKA head coach Javier Mendez seized on when speaking to Submission Radio recently, and he followed that up by questioning how Group McGregor might let him fight without an answer for those particular attacks.
” When I saw Dustin start opting for the leg kicks, I go, oh my god, Conor’s stance is not made for inspecting effectively, leg kicks like that,” Mendez stated. “Specifically calf kicks. So, I thought that was going to be a major issue. And then when he struck Dustin with the good shot and Dustin took it, that’s when I kind of understood, oh boy, things are gon na change. And sure enough, they did. And it was a fantastic strategy from Dustin to work the leg kicks, calf kicks. And it was a bad judgement on Conor’s part to not be gotten ready for that.”
” I don’t comprehend how you can not be gotten ready for something like that, when that’s what everyone’s going to,” he continued. “Khabib, I told him, I advised him every day that Justin’s coming after your legs, Justin’s following your legs. Every day I was telling him that. And you would believe that you would be advised also since that’s a huge weapon. Up until fighters discover how to deal with it, it’s gon na be a big weapon, men, big weapon.”
It was also a lefty vs. lefty situation, which left McGregor’s legs much more exposed than they would have been otherwise. Add in the fact that Poirier is understood in the gym for his wiping out leg kicks and it’s a quite huge oversight in video game planning. Mendez was left questioning whether something various in the method McGregor established his training camp caused his downfall.
” [Lack of exercise] does affect things, and that’s what he’s saying,” Mendez stated. “But I also occur to understand too, when you make changes in camp, when things weren’t broken, why alter them? I heard he went to Portugal, or something like that, to do training. However what was incorrect with where he’s always trained? I do not know. It looks like he made a lot of modifications, and why change when things aren’t broken?”
” I’ve always told Khabib and all those people, when you’re doing something excellent and you’re winning, why modification it? Why try to alter things up? There’s no requirement to alter things if things are working. That’s what I’m believing. I’m not saying I’m ideal; I’m simply stating that’s what I’m believing.”
According to McGregor, it was the exact same team he’s been using given that the start, just imported into the Portugal gym owned by his conditioning coaches (themselves a part of the team since the very first Diaz loss). But who understands, maybe things were just a bit too swank and relaxed down there versus in Dublin. Possibly there actually weren’t enough people in positions of authority to keep McGregor on the best path. Or perhaps McGregor just got hit with a bad kick that burnt out his calf and these things take place in fight sports.
We believe we require more information. Which will obviously come at some point as McGregor is already pestering the UFC to establish a 3rd battle with Dustin Poirier. Whether he returns against “Diamond” or gets in the Octagon versus someone else, we’ll see whether he revamps his video game and secures his legs much better, especially now that everybody’s unquestionably going to target them moving forward.