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Although he recently revealed in his Instagram post that he should see his coach Javier Mendez soon, Khabib Nurmagomedov will apparently not do so in America, ie in the AKA hall where he prepared for all his fights from 2012 until today.
It seems that he will meet Mendez only on Fight Island if the fight against Gaethje is organized there. The pandemic and the spread of the virus in California are creating a problem for him, especially after it led to the death of his father. Mendez said something about it in person, in an interview for ESPN.
“There are two options, one is Las Vegas and the other is Fight Island. I think the fight will take place on Fight Island, but it hasn’t been finally confirmed yet. I know COVID-19 is still too widespread in California and Khabib is not comfortable coming train here,” Mendez said, then added something about what his last conversation with the champion looked like:
“We talked about it two weeks ago and he was still going through his father’s death. I fully understand that. Looking at how they were connected, his father was everything for him. Having his father’s blessing gave him the strength to do what needed to be done. Anything his father wanted him to achieve, he would succeed. Now it’s gone. Now all he has to do is focus on the legacy his father wanted him to leave.”
This is where we come to a possible retirement much earlier than many would like to see. Father Abdulmanap himself told that Khabib had no intention of fighting for a long time, and now Mendez had also confirmed what his plan really is. He sees it as very possible.
“It’s been talked about a lot of times, 30-0. And the GSP is definitely that fight by which the legacy needs to be concluded. If they agree on that, I can see an option where he gets to 30-0 and ends his career. They’ve talked about it many times, even while I was with them,” he revealed.
Khabib must first reach 29-0, Oct. 24 in a fight against Justin Gaethje. Without full preparations in the AKA hall, his job should definitely be difficult.