Islam Makhachev’s coach, Javier Mendez, confirmed the information that Khabib Nurmagomedov will not be present at the duel of his ward with Alexander Volkanovski.
“He told me about his decision three weeks before it was announced,” the American specialist told Submission Radio. “He wants to spend more time with his family, and I fully support him in this. I just told him that he can always come back if he wants to.”
“His presence alone in the corner with us is already a big boost for the guys. He doesn’t even need to train, just attend fights, but at the moment he prefers to stay at home with his family. How can you fight it? There is nothing more important than family, so I support him one hundred percent in what he does.”
“Yes, I would like him to be in the corner of Islam, but I resigned myself to the fact that he will not be there. In any case, Islam Makhachev is a good student, a real excellent student in this game, and he knows perfectly well what to do.
Earlier, the Russian manager Rizvan Magomedov announced that Khabib Nurmagomedov, who refused to coach, would not fly to the fight between Makhachev and Volkanovski.
Recall that the title superfight in lightweight between Makhachev and Volkanovski on February 11 will head the UFC 284 tournament in Perth.