The popular UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov’s American Kickboxing Academy head coach, Javier Mendez has now provided an update on his training camp ahead of UFC 249.
UFC 249’s future is currently up in the air, as the Coronavirus pandemic has affected the world on a global scale. It has even led to the UFC cancelling three of their events.
The Russian’s coach revealed that Nurmagomedov is having a great training camp so far, his weight is good and sparring has been fantastic till now. Here’s what he had to say:
Well, we’re training like usual, except that we’re shut down, the gym is shut down by the local politicians. The mayor shut us down, so everybody shut down. If you’re a necessity-type business, you can stay open, you know, un-necessity-type, which is my business, you have to close. So, we’re closed at the present time. We can stay open with a very few people, and it’s Khabib only and the people that he’s training with for the fight and a couple of other people, but at the present time there’s hardly nobody here, because that’s what we have to do. As far as the motivation for the fight, it’s still the same. We’re just waiting to see what’s going to happen. But we’re training like we have a fight, cause we need to.
They just have to find the right scenario, the right place that doesn’t have a lockdown on this horrible flu epidemic and pandemic that’s going around, We’ll see what happens, but obviously Dana has to be optimistic, has to give the fighters hope, and he’s doing everything in his power to make these things happen, and I’m very optimistic that he’s gonna get it accomplished. For me it’s the date where the real hard weight cutting comes into effect, and that’s the week of, because that’s when he really has to struggle, that’s when it’s really important, that’s when he’s putting his health in danger, But at the present time, he’s training like he’s fighting. His weight’s good, his sparring is fantastic, you know, so everything is great, you guys, everything is great. Just a matter of send me location, right?