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Morning Report: Javier Mendez says Islam Makhachev is ‘prepared to dominate’ Charles Oliveira, wants Alexander Volkanovski after winning title

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Javier Mendez thinks Islam Makhachev will win the lightweight belt. And once he does, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski will be next.

Makhachev finally gets his shot at the title when he takes on Charles Oliveira in the main event of UFC 280. Leading up to the fight, Makhachev faced a number of doubters among the lightweight elite, claiming he was unproven and that he won by not dominating Oliveira. Oliveira himself even said that he fought with stronger opponents, and his coach claimed that Makhachev’s greatest strength, his wrestling, won’t even be good enough to beat Oliveira. But for Mendes, Makhachev’s coach, it’s all just noise. On the eve of the fight, he expects Makhachev to be as dominant as his previous 10 opponents.

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“Well, first of all, he will beat him,” Mendez said. Submission Radio. “It’s only a matter of time, but he will overcome him, and Charles will not be able to resist. If Islam does not want to stand, it will not, it will be overthrown. He is second only to Khabib in the ability to beat people and he will lose. Charles will fall. It is known that Charles is not a wrestler. Also, keep in mind, Charles has a phenomenal jiu-jitsu game. In MMA, in pure jiu-jitsu, he probably has the best game in the lightweight division. So why was he afraid to go down to earth? He is not. He wants to test himself there with Islam. And we are fine with that too.

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“The bottom line is, the point of this fight is, do you want to get up? Okay, let’s go. Come down to earth? Okay, let’s go. So let’s see who and where can dominate when the time comes. But we are ready to dominate on the stand, we are ready to dominate on the ground. And so do they. They are well prepared. He’s a champion for a reason.”

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Makhachev is the chosen successor to former GOAT champion and lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, who vacated the title undefeated. Thus, expectations from Makhachev are high, but, according to Mendes, they are not just like that. Part of his confidence in Makhachev ahead of his lightweight title fight comes from what he saw in the training room. And so at UFC 280, he expects Makhachev to show the world what he and Khabib already know.

“In the entire history, since 2012, since Khabib sparred with me in front of me, no one has taken a single round from him. Nobody has ever won sparring. No sparring with Khabib. Except for one man. Islam,” Mendes said. “He is the only one who has won rounds against Khabib. Never won a session, but won rounds. And I never saw it.

“So obviously when Khabib talks about the next heir, he doesn’t say anything that he’s trying to make up and make people believe. He knows, as I do, how good his Islam is. That’s why he’s so sure of what he says. It is known that Khabib does not say what he does not mean. And he means it, I mean it. And now it’s time for Islam to come out and shine and let everyone know what Khabib already knows and I know he’s the best right now. He is the best. And we have to prove it, and we will prove it.”

Winning the title would be only the beginning for Makhachev. Ranked #3 lightweight in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, he has an impressive 10-win streak but has yet to fight many of the top fighters in the division, meaning there is no shortage of available matches for him as a champion. It seems to many that in the first place there is a duel with former champion Conor McGregor, who had one of the most heated confrontations with Khabib in history. But for Mendes, he would have preferred a different name that has featured in the lightweight title of late, top fighter in the weight class, featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

“I’m interested in Alex because he’s in tears and he’s a great athlete and he’ll keep him clean,” Mendes said. “And if you ask me what I would like and who, as a sports person, and not as entertainment, and if you are talking about sports, who deserves the right? He is one hundred percent, one hundred percent. He’s a great actor, he’s from a very respected gym that has great trainers. And they stand up for their team. I like what they represent. I love how they stand up for each other. How they are like a group of brothers, just like my boys are a group of brothers. I respect them. Very, very high, very, very high opinion of these guys. Very high.”


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Christian Lee (16-4) against Kamrian Abbasov (23-5); ONE on Prime Video 4 on November 18th.

Kayla Harrison (15-0) vs. Larissa Pacheco (18-4); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Brendan Lofnain (25-4) against Bubba Jenkins (19-5); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Shane Burgos (15-3) against Marlon Moraes (23-10-1); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Ante Delia (22-5) against Matheus Scheffel (17-8); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Stevie Ray (25-10) against Olivier Aubin-Mercier (16-5); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Dilano Taylor (10-2) against Sadibu Si (12-6-2); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Omari Akhmedov (24-7-1) vs. Rob Wilkinson (16-2); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Nathan Schulte (22-5-1) vs. Jeremy Stephens (29-20); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Dakota Dicheva (6-0) vs. Catherine Corogenes (1-0); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Biaggio Ali Walsh (1-1) vs. Tom Gresser (0-0); Championship PFL, 25 November.

Arman Tsarukyan (18-3) against Damir Ismagulov (24-1); UFC Fight Night, December 17th.

Kelvin Gastellum (17-8) against Nasurdin Imavov (12-3); UFC Fight Night, January 14th.

Brad Tavares (19-7) against Gregory Rodriguez (13-4); UFC 283, January 21st.


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