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Javier Mendez not inquisitive about Islam Makhachev vs. Ilia Topuria: ‘He does not must battle him’

Javier Mendez thinks Ilia Topuria needs to pump the brakes on his push to get a lightweight title shot against Islam Makhachev. Mendez, head coach of Makhachev and other notable fighters at American Kickboxing Academy, heard of Topuria’s request to fight Makhachev but was not interested in the idea. Mendez believes there are bigger challenges

Javier Mendez thinks Ilia Topuria needs to pump the brakes on his push to get a lightweight title shot against Islam Makhachev. Mendez, head coach of Makhachev and other notable fighters at American Kickboxing Academy, heard of Topuria’s request to fight Makhachev but was not interested in the idea. Mendez believes there are bigger challenges


Javier Mendez thinks Ilia Topuria must pump the brakes on his push to get a light-weight title shot in opposition to Islam Makhachev.

Mendez, head coach of Makhachev and different notable fighters at American Kickboxing Academy, heard of Topuria’s request to fight Makhachev however was not within the thought. Mendez believes there are greater challenges for the time being aside from the UFC featherweight champion.

“You realize what, for me, if Islam have been to do one other champ vs. champ battle, it’s higher for him to go up in weight,” Mendez told MMA Junkie in Spanish. “If we had the selection, if UFC instructed us we may battle with the UFC welterweight champion or Topuria, we’d select welterweight. That’s what I need. I’m assured that that’s what Islam needs, too.”

Mendez has respect for Topuria and his physique of labor however pays little thoughts to his feedback. On the finish of the day, it’s the promotion that decides what’s subsequent for each fighters and never Topuria.

“(Ilia) is a superb fighter, and he’s been doing properly, however he (Makhachev) doesn’t must battle him,” Mendez mentioned. “That’s my opinion. I believe Tsarukyan is a better option. That’s what I believe. Ilia must do extra in his weight class. He needs to go up in weight and problem for a second belt, however we need to do the identical. And what occurred? The UFC didn’t allow us to. We needed to, however they instructed us to defend. What UFC tells us to do, that’s what we’ve to do. It doesn’t matter what you say, what we are saying, what Ilia says. What issues is what the UFC needs.

“The UFC simply comes as much as you and provides you a battle, and also you get to say sure or no. They’re not going to have you ever selecting your fights. Possibly there’s an opportunity they do this a little bit, however solely individuals like Conor McGregor and Khabib if he have been nonetheless combating due to what they draw.”

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Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) defends his light-weight belt in opposition to Dustin Poirier (30-8 MMA, 22-7 UFC) this Saturday in the primary occasion of UFC 302, which takes place at Prudential Heart in Newark, N.J.

Like Makhachev, Mendez suggests Topuria ought to defend his belt first in opposition to somebody in his weight class – beginning with whom many consider to be the best UFC featherweight champion.

“Have a look at all of the title defenses Alexander Volkanovski needed to do at featherweight,” Mendez mentioned. “He’s the No. 1 at featherweight, so why not give him a rematch? He ought to get a rematch from every thing he’s accomplished. And look, Ilia is even saying he needs to battle Conor McGregor, however Alexander Volkanosvki needs the battle once more and is keen to go to Spain to battle you. So hey, give the person what he deserves. What number of instances did he defend the featherweight title? He wants the rematch.”

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