American Kickboxing Academy founder and long term head coach Javier Mendez is confident that his two premier lightweights, Islam Makhachev and Khabib Nurmagomedov, have the skills to dethrone UFC lightweight champion Charles ‘Do Bronx’ Oliveira.
The streaking Brazilian native who fights out of Sao Paulo has won ten fights in a row, with nine of them not needing the judges scorecards. Oliveira recently broke his own record for the most submissions in UFC history (15) when he submitted Dustin Poirier at UFC 269.
Javier Mendez on Charles Oliveira
The recent performances from the champion or the submissions records don’t seem to phase Mendez, who thinks Makhachev and Khabib match up very well stylistically with Oliveira due to their combat sambo background. Mendez stated on his Youtube channel the following:
“I know they both would beat Charles, in my opinion, because look, they’re both my fighters.” Mendez said.
“Stylistically-wise, Islam could strike, he can kick. Khabib wasn’t a great kicker. Khabib would have to go straight to the grappling with Charles and probably dominate him there.”.
“As a matter of fact, I know he would. I know Khabib would dominate him there, and I kind of feel, my personal opinion, as great as Charles is, I think Islam would dominate him there too”.
Charles Oliveira vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is a matchup that intrigues mixed martial fans across the globe, as many want to see if Charles submission game would be enough to hand ‘The Eagle’ (who retired 29-0 in MMA) his first loss in the sport.
MMA fans might not need to wait too long to see if Mendez prediction is accurate as UFC Fight Night 202 on February 26th will be headlined by (#3) Beniel Dariush vs. (#4) Islam Makhachev, in what many believe is a title eliminator.
Be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comments on how Oliveira’s grappling matches up with the dominating top games of Islam and Khabib.
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