Khamzat Chimaev thinks he fights Robert Whittaker next after ‘Paulo Costa ran away’

Khamzat Chimaev Sees Robert Whittaker As a potential next opponent.

Whittaker (24-6 MMA, 15-4 UFC) was tentatively booked to face Paulo Costa in Saturday’s UFC 284 event, but the bout was scrapped After Costa failed in its efforts to reach a deal on a new contract,

With Whittaker currently opponent-less and Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) struggling to net a fight, “Borz” likes the idea of facing Whittaker next.

“I think I will fight Robert Whittaker,” Chimaev said in an interview with Red Corner MMA. “He’s got no opponent. After talking so much about Robert and Paulo Costa, Paulo Costa fled. Whittaker will be my opponent. Although I love Whittaker as a person, I would like to see him in this fight. He is a solid guy, doesn’t talk trash, doesn’t cross any lines. We are going to have fun at the press conference and fight each other.”


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Chimaev lost 7.5 pounds in his original scheduled fight at welterweight against Nate Diaz at UFC 279 He was instead booked against Kevin Holland in a 180-pound catchweight fight. He won the fight. first-round submission.

Chimaev was able to make a remarkable weight loss, and he now faces Kamaru Uman in the welterweight title fight. This will be headlined at UFC 286.

“Whoever takes it will face me,” Chimaev said. “I think it’s going to be another close fight. Let’s see if Leon will be able to take Kamaru out once again. Although I was expecting Usman to quit after being knocked out like this, he returned. We will see.”


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