Khabib Nurmagomedov bid farewell to coaching duties months ahead of Islam Makhachev vs Alexander Volkanovski for the UFC’s lightweight title. The former champion won’t corner his close friend for his much-awaited showdown against the featherweight champion at UFC 284, and Volkanovski feels fans could see this as an excuse after he beats Makhachev to become the two-division champion.
Alexander Volkanovski is leaving no stone unturned in his preparation for arguably the biggest fight of his UFC career as he moves up a weight class to realize his dream of becoming a two-division champion. The Australian fighter is quite confident about his game plan to beat Makhachev and doesn’t want any excuses to tarnish his win over the lightweight champion.
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Volkanovski believes fans could use Khabib Nurmagomedov’s absence from Makhahcev’s corner as an excuse if he managed to beat the Dagestani fighter.
Khabib Nurmagomedov will not corner Islam Makhachev at UFC 284
In recent conversation days ahead of UFC 284, Alexander Volkanovski shared his thoughts on Khabib Nurmagomedov’s role in Islam Makhachev’s outings inside the Octagon and revealed how it might not be a huge factor at UFC 284.
Needless to say, this is not the first time that Islam Makhachev will step inside the cage without Khabib Nurmagomedov on his side. Interestingly enough, Khabib Nurmagomedov was in Makhachev‘s corner when he suffered the first loss of his UFC career which came in the form of a KO loss against Adriano Martin.
“Preparation and all that type of stuff, you obviously want a good team around you and all that type of stuff. It’s good to have a good corner and all that, but at the end of the day, we know what we wants to do, we know his gameplans. He is gonna do that. Just because someone is not there, he is still gonna turn up. It’s still him doing everything in there, right? He will be fine. The same Islam is gonna turn up and people better not fuc*** use that as an excuse when I get my hands raised.” Volkanovski said.
Alexander Volkanovski has proved time and again why he will go down as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time. Come UFC 284, all the trash-talk will translate to action inside the cage and whoever comes on top, will definitely have the bragging rights.
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