Javier Mendez

Video: What impact will Khabib Nurmagomedov leaving coaching have on his fighters?

" UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov made an impact as a coach after the conclusion of his fighting career, but now, it appears that chapter is done as well. Nurmagomedov, one half of MMA Junkie’s 2022 Coaches of the Year along with Javier Mendez, has accomplished a lot...

MMA Junkie’s 2022 Coaches of the Year: Khabib Nurmagomedov and Javier Mendez

" Khabib Nurmagomedov and Javier Mendez long have had their footprints in the MMA world. However, in 2022 this pairing became nearly unstoppable. After Nurmagomedov said goodbye to his professional fighting career in late 2020 and vacated the UFC lightweight title, he switched to a coaching role – filling...

Javier Mendez expects Umar Nurmagomedov to be UFC champion in two or three years

Javier Mendez has high expectations for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s cousin, Umar Nurmagomedov. The American Kickboxing Academy head coach sees the younger Nurmagomedov (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) becoming a UFC champion in the next two or three years. Mendez said Umar is not a finished product just yet, but he feels...

Javier Mendez: Justin Gaethje second biggest threat to Khabib after Conor McGregor

ABU DHABI – Javier Mendez doesn’t think Khabib Nurmagomedov will be facing his sternest test to date Saturday. UFC lightweight champion Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) defends his title against Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254, which takes place at Flash Forum on Yas Island in...

Coach Javier Mendez: Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre would decide ‘best of all time’

The stakes of a potential Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St-Pierre would be at an all-time high, at least according to Nurmagomedov’s coach. Javier Mendez, the head coach of American Kickboxing Academy, believes a contest between Nurmagomedov, the current UFC lightweight champion, and St-Pierre, former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion, would...

Javier Mendez: previous Khabib Nurmagomedov-Tony Ferguson bookings makes fight even bigger

nt" Javier Mendez likes to see the positive side of things. The head coach of American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif. is gearing up to help Khabib Nurmagomedov make another defense of his UFC lightweight championship on April 18 in the main event of UFC 249 in the...

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