Khabib Nurmagomedov’s coach, Javier Mendes, confirmed the information that the reigning UFC lightweight champion will hold a training camp for the fight with Justin Gaitji in Russia.
“We have two options for where the fight can take place – Las Vegas and Fight Island in Abu Dhabi,” the head coach of the American Kickboxing Academy told ESPN. “Everything indicates that it will be Boytsovsky Island, but so far they have not confirmed it. What I know for sure is that we still have too many coronavirus cases in California, and Khabib is not very comfortable training here, so I will go to Dagestan and train him there. After the fight with DC I will go to Russia “
According to the American specialist, his ward is still grieving over the death of his father, who died early last month due to complications from a coronavirus infection.
“Two weeks ago, we first spoke with Khabib after the death of his father, and he still misses him. They had a very strong bond, and his father meant a lot to him. His father’s blessing gave him the strength to do what he had to do. Everything that his father wanted, Khabib did. Now he does not have this support, but he is focused on the legacy that his father wanted for him. “
Mendes also confirmed that after the fight with Gaizi, the undefeated Russian fighter plans to meet with George St. Pierre and end his professional career.
“She and my father discussed it many times – 30-0. And the fight with GSP is a legacy fight. If they can arrange it, he will do 30-0 and leave. I definitely see it this way. In my presence this conversation came up more than once “
Recall that the lightweight unification fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitji will be the main event of UFC 254, which will take place on October 24.