American Kickboxing Academy coach Javier Mendes predicted Russian mixed style (MMA) fighter Islam Makhachev gold in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in the next 12 months. He spoke about this in an interview with The Sun.
“I think he will become the champion in the coming year. Ask Khabib Nurmagomedov who was the hardest for him in training, ”Mendes said. At the same time, he admitted that Makhachev's opponent Drew Dober is very dangerous and should not be underestimated. However, according to Mendes, a victory over the American will not give Makhachev the opportunity to fight an opponent from the top three in the lightweight division and count on a title fight in the near future.