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Javier Mendez Claims Dustin Poirier’s Guillotine Won’t Work on Islam Makhachev at UFC 302

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Dustin Poirier, known for his persistence and never-give-up attitude in the MMA world, is once again fighting for an undisputed UFC title. In the main event of UFC 302, he challenges UFC lightweight champion Islam Makhachev. However, Poirier’s unbreakable determination isn’t limited to his trajectory in the UFC; it’s also evident in his fights.

One of Dustin Poirier’s signature moves is the guillotine choke, a submission he’s yet to successfully land in his career. But head coach Javier Mendez, who trains Makhachev, advises Poirier against attempting the guillotine choke. Mendez has seen its effectiveness firsthand when Poirier fought Khabib Nurmagomedov in 2019.

Javier Mendez Opens Up on Dustin Poirier’s Guillotine

“Look, the first time when Khabib fought Dustin, Khabib told Islam, we’re going to train the guillotine, and they did it,” Mendez told MMA Junkie in Spanish.

“In the fight, they had already talked about the guillotine, so they would let Poirier exhaust his arms. So what happened is that Khabib got in that position against Dustin. It was the first corner I worked with Khabib’s dad. I had never worked with his dad before, so when he went for it, Khabib’s dad and I turned and looked at each other and threw our hands up like, ‘Ahh, what a dummy. He’s going to burn his arms out.’

“So look, if Dustin plans to do that with Islam, there’s a great chance that the same thing is going to happen. Islam is very, very tough to finish that way. If he couldn’t do it against Khabib, I think it’s best he goes for something else because there’s a good chance you’re not going to get it this time.”

Mendez believes that if Dustin Poirier plans to use the guillotine against Islam, the same outcome is likely. Islam is tough to finish that way, as evidenced by his ability to defend against Khabib. Mendez is confident that Makhachev will not only defend against Poirier’s guillotine chokes but also every other attack. He considers Islam to be the No. 1.

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