Coach Javier Mendez Provides an Update on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Protege Umar Nurmagomedov- Will Not Fight Jack Shore

Published 01/11/2022, 7:49 AM EST


Javier Mendez, the primary coach of the Russian camp led by Khabib Nurmagomedov, is back at the gym. As ‘The Eagle’s protégé, Islam Makhachev, begins training for his blockbuster fight against Beneil Dariush, Mendez also provided updates on Umar Nurmagomedov.

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Notably, Umar Nurmagomedov is actually a cousin of the former UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Also dubbed as ‘The Young Eagle’, it is apparent that fans expect a lot from the 25-year-old prospect.

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However, ‘The Young Eagle’ has been unable to showcase his talents in the past year because of medical reasons. Nonetheless, the Dagestani is eyeing an explosive comeback, as revealed by his coach in a chat with Helen Yee.

“Yes, I didn’t know what was going on, but I think there was some miscommunication somehow or another. I don’t know in between negotiations or exactly what happens. The only thing I do know, is that the most important thing is that Umar does have a fight. It’s not Jack Shore, it’s another tough opponent,” said Mendez.

“Yet, I am not sure if they actually, it’s gonna be a tough opponent. I don’t know what it is yet. But it’s definitely gonna be somebody tough because Umar is that good. You know, I believe he is ‘Young Eagle’ for a reason and I believe ‘Young Eagle’ is gonna win the title also at some point later.”

Mendez also told Yee that Team Eagle will soon join the gym. “Yes, he does have a fight. He’s coming here this Sunday. They are all coming to train, Islam Makhachev, Umar, Tahir. You know, a bunch of other guys are coming.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov thinks Robert Lewandowski deserved Ballon d’Or over Lionel Messi

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In a shocker, Khabib Nurmagomedov opined that Lionel Messi didn’t deserve the famed Ballon d’Or award. And no, he isn’t asking to give it to Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA AUGUST 18, 2021: Russian mixed martial artist and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov gives a news conference. Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS (Photo by Anton NovoderezhkinTASS via Getty Images)

The Russian MMA superstar believes that Robert Lewandowski or Karim Benzema were the two prospects who deserved the Ballon d’Or. It was clear in the conversation that the ‘Eagle’ was in favor of the Pole, Lewandowski, because of his impressive performances in the last two years.

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One can expect ‘The Eagle’ to keep up with his soccer following even after his teammates enter training camp.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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