Is Khamzat Chimaev moving back to middleweight?
Despite being ranked No. 3 in the world at 170lbs, ‘Borz’ was unable to make weight for his headliner Nate Diaz during the UFC 279 pay-per-view (PPV) card earlier. this month in Las Vegas and, as a result, was downgraded to a co-catchweight main event opposite Kevin Holland.
“Borz” crushed “Trailblazer” in just over two minutes.
“After watching the fight, you realize Khamzat vs. Nate Diaz would’ve been fucking…it wouldn’t have been good,” UFC President Dana White told the Action Junkeez podcast. “Khamzat, I know the fans got mad at him for not gaining weight and stuff, but Jesus fucking Christ. What he went out and did to Kevin Holland…did you see Kevin Holland post the pic the other day that his eyes were all red from the fucking chokehold? I mean, damn it.
Chimaev’s last trip to middleweight ended with a 17-second knockout.
Although nothing is official yet, a simple tweet of “185” was enough to send UFC fans into a frenzy. Adding fuel to the proverbial fire are those previous comments about Chimaev challenging winner Israel Adesanya against Alex Pereira, who clash for “The Last Stylebender” strap at UFC 281 in New York.
“YES SMESH AT 185!!!!” commented one enthusiastic fan, while other followers wondered how the potential trip north would affect his ongoing bromance with 185-pound veteran (and fellow welterweight exporter) Darren Till.
The next few months are going to be very, very interesting.
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