Khamzat Chimaev failed to meet the weight standards in the welterweight fight. If the welterweight limit has a limit of 77.5 kg, Khamzat Chimaev is recorded as weighing 80.9 kg. With such weight, Chimaev seems more suitable to compete in the middle class. UFC legend Michael Bisping has revealed a name that Chimaev can compete with if he wants to enter the middleweight title fight. The rise of Khamzat Chimaev to the middle class began to be the subject of discussion after the UFC 279 event, the event that took place on September 10.
After the UFC 279 event, various parties including UFC boss, Dana White, suggested Chimaev for a career in the middleweight in the upcoming duel.The Chechen bloody fighter then opened up opportunities for a career in this class with a weight of 83.9 kg.The conversation began to shift to Khamzat Chimaev’s career opportunities in the middle class.
Duel Chimaev vs Costa
Not a few who expect the fighter MMA nicknamed the Wolf will be able to enter the title duel. However, Michael Bisping said there was one fighter who he considered could guarantee Chimaev to get the position of challenger to the king.The fighter that Bisping is referring to is Paulo Costa.
“If Khamzat Chimaev plays Paulo Costa and if he can beat him, he might get a middleweight title fight.”
“Welterweight will seem like a distant memory.” “Paulo Costa talks a lot of nonsense and he tries to get Chimaev to take the pass.”
“He did the right thing. It would be a massive fight.” As Michael Bisping said, these two fighters did get into an argument outside the arena ahead of UFC 279. This heated situation with Paulo Costa could be the most ideal path for Khamzat Chimaev to cross into the middle class
On the other hand, Khamzat Chimaev is currently ranked third in the welterweight class.
If you want real guarantees, Chimaev will be able to duel with Robert Whittaker, who is the challenger for the first place in the middle class. However, Chimaev admitted that he was reluctant to clash with Whittaker because he considered him a good person.
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