Islam Makhachev’s trainer Javier Mendez thinks it’s very likely that Conor McGregor will get the next lightweight title.
Makhachev is set to headline UFC Vegas 49 against Bobby Green, who came on 10 days notice after Beneil Dariush was forced out of the fight due to injury. Currently on a nine-fight winning streak, many believe Islam should be rewarded with a title shot if he beats “King” on Saturday night.
While Javier Mendez certainly won’t argue with that idea, he thinks Conor McGregor, who is on a two-fight losing streak, will get the next title fight because of his popularity and the money he’s making in the game. ‘UFC.
“I’m ready for whatever they do, and I’m not going to be upset one way or the other. Do I think that’s right? Absolutely not. If Islam doesn’t get the title fight if he beats Bobby, that’s not fair. But nothing is fair.”@akajav on McGregor potentially returning to a title shot. pic.twitter.com/sCTtLUMaFz
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“It’s part of the game. He wears the big numbers, so whatever the UFC decides,” Mendez told Submission Radio about McGregor. “I expect anything can happen with the guy who has the power to do this. Do I like it? Absolutely not. But do I have a choice? Absolutely not. For me, rankings are bulls**t. They’ve always been bullshit. They are still bulls**t. So, I don’t really care about the ranking.
“Anyone who has that opportunity, it’s like I always say, it’s not a real sport, it’s entertainment first, sport second. In entertainment value, the UFC wants the most d “Who’s gonna create the most money for them? That’s where they’re gonna go. And guess what? That’s what they’re gonna do,” Mendez continued of Conor McGregor. , we’ll see what the UFC wants. I’m prepared for whatever they do, and I’m not going to be upset one way or the other. Do I think that’s fair? Absolutely not. If Islam doesn’t get the title fight if he beats Bobby, it’s not fair. But nothing’s fair. Look what Khabib had to do to get to where he was. had to go through a lot of bullshit too.
As Mendez says, Conor McGregor brings in the most money and eyeballs, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him win the next title. But, if Islam Makhachev comes out and finishes Bobby Green, maybe he’s giving the UFC no choice but to give him the chance to win lightweight gold.
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