Javier Mendez #92 Talks Khabib's Camp, Strategy, Fight, Victory, and Future | Mike Swick Podcast
AKA Founder & head trainer, friend, and business partner of Mike, Javier Mendez, Skypes in for this episode. He and Mike talk all about Khabib's cursed training camp for UFC 254, his strategy and dominant victory, his surprise retirement, his future plans, the argument for pound-for-pound best fighter, rising stars, upcoming fight breakdowns, and much more. Subscribe and hit the bell for notifications!
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00:00 Welcome to the show!
1:12 Khabib was in the hospital for three days with the Mumps
4:40 How Khabib broke his toe sparring
7:48 Javier wanted to stop the fight
9:23 The snake prank almost ended the fight camp
11:44 Khabib was mentally ready for the fight against Justin Gaethje
13:37 No fighter ever fights at 100%
15:34 Jav never asked Khabib about his father
18:09 Javier details shock about retirement announcement
19:38 Khabib over Jon Jones as best Pound for Pound?
25:31 If Jon Jones wins the HW title could it tip the scales?
28:28 Khabib dominated Gaethje
30:12 A champion for the people and a champion in the octagon
33:11 Khabib continues his father's legacy by helping the community
35:23 Floyd Mayweather is the best stylistic combat athlete of all time
37:13 Jav's masterful gameplan to defeat Gaethje
43:30 Did Khabib stick to Javier's gameplan?
47:33 The reason Khabib used submissions instead of ground and pound
48:37 Gaethje's leg kicks definitely did some damage
50:12 The point where Javier knew Gaethje was done
52:15 Khabib dropped a sparring partner with that front kick
54:08 To be ready for Khabib, you have to spar Khabib
57:19 Khabib had no problem with Kamaru Usman sparring with Gaethje
58:41 Javier details Khabib never losing a sparring session in training ever
1:01:25 The AKA rule that practically eliminated sparring injuries
1:04:48 Now there's no denying Khabib has great standup
1:06:03 Will Khabib actually coach alongside Javier now?
1:09:13 Islam Makhachev is likely the next Eagles/AKA World Champion
1:10:46 Jav's take on Anderson Silva vs Uriah Hall
1:13:19 Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards
1:17:17 All Coach Jav is thinking about is who's next?
1:19:08 Two legends that Javier would want to hang out with
1:22:10 Conor, Gaethje, Poirier, Ferguson: Who should get the shot?
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Guest: Javier Mendez
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