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Bo Nickal dismisses Khamzat Chimaev as credible UFC middleweight challenger: "He has fought less 85'ers than me"

Fernando Quiles - January 28, 2024

Bo Nickal thinks it’s inevitable that Khamzat Chimaev will receive a UFC title shot, but he doesn’t feel he deserves one. Chimaev had been promised a UFC Middleweight Championship opportunity with a win over Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. Chimaev defeated the former welterweight titleholder via majority decision, and he’s been pounding the table to get his shot. Some believe Israel Adesanya is the favorite to fight Dricus Du Plessis for the gold next despite his hiatus.

Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev
Sean Strickland

Khamzat Chimaev claims Sean Strickland went “running” after getting beat up “every day in the gym”

Harry Kettle - January 24, 2024

UFC star Khamzat Chimaev has taken a shot at Sean Strickland as rumors persist of a fight between them. Ever since his win over Kamaru Usman, there have been plenty of questions surrounding Khamzat Chimaev and his future. Many believe he is a top contender at middleweight, with some even suggesting he should get the next title shot. However, there are also those out there who feel as if he hasn’t done enough to earn such an opportunity yet.

Khamzat Chimaev, Dricus Du Plessis, Sean Strickland
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Khamzat Chimaev believes Sean Strickland beat Dricus Du Plessis, calls out the South African for UFC 300

Cole Shelton - January 22, 2024

Khamzat Chimaev doesn’t think the middleweight belt should have changed hands at UFC 297. In the main event of UFC 297 on Saturday, Sean Strickland was looking to defend his middleweight title for the first time against Dricus Du Plessis. The fight was a pick’em on the betting odds, as people were torn between who would win, and the scrap ended up being very competitive as expected.

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Khamzat Chimaev frustrated by 'bulls*it' comments made by Dana White: "You promised me"

Josh Evanoff - January 22, 2024

UFC middleweight contender Khamzat Chimaev wants the title shot that Dana White promised. ‘Borz’ is currently awaiting his next opponent. Last October, Khamzat Chimaev faced former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, at UFC 294. Originally expected to face Paulo Costa, ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ stepped in due to injury. Before the event, Dana White dubbed the fight a title eliminator.

Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev
Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland states his condition for accepting a fight with undeserving Khamzat Chimaev: “Make the stack of money bigger”

Harry Kettle - January 19, 2024

UFC middleweight champion Sean Strickland has given his thoughts on a potential showdown with Khamzat Chimaev. Back at UFC 293, Sean Strickland defeated Israel Adesanya to capture the UFC middleweight championship. This weekend, at UFC 297, he’ll make his return to the Octagon in order to defend his belt against Dricus du Plessis.

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Khamzat Chimaev reveals heavyweight contender is his dream fight: "Nobody like him"

Josh Evanoff - January 15, 2024

UFC middleweight contender Khamzat Chimav hopes to meet Jon Jones in the octagon before all is said and done. ‘Borz’ has been out of the octagon since UFC 294 in October. That night saw Khamzat Chimev face former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, in the biggest test of his MMA career. There, the Chechen defeated ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ by unanimous decision, notching a potential title shot in the process.

Dricus Du Plessis and Khamzat Chimaev
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Dricus Du Plessis reacts after Khamzat Chimaev claims he will be fighting the winner of the UFC 297 main event: “That makes absolutely no sense”

Susan Cox - January 12, 2024

Dricus Du Plessis is reacting after Khamzat Chimaev claimed he will be fighting the winner of the UFC 297 main event next. UFC 297 takes place on Saturday, January 20th at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev
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Khamzat Chimaev says he will “one hundred percent” be fighting the winner of Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis: “They should be afraid”

Susan Cox - January 9, 2024

Khamzat Chimaev says he will ‘one hundred percent’ be fighting the winner of Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis. Strickland (28-5 MMA) is set to make his first title defense against Dricus Du Plessis (20-2 MMA) at UFC 297 which takes place on Saturday, January 20th at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Josh Thomson explains why he’s “not sold” on Khamzat Chimaev being a legit superstar: “He came out on fireworks and just kind of fizzled out”

Harry Kettle - December 28, 2023

MMA analyst Josh Thomson has explained why he isn’t entirely convinced by the superstar potential of Khamzat Chimaev. For over three years now, Khamzat Chimaev has been one of the most talked about stars in mixed martial arts. His dominance inside the Octagon has been clear for all to see, and that goes for middleweight as well as welterweight.

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Khamzat Chimaev set for surgery, vows to "smash somebody" in his UFC return

Jeffrey Walter - December 4, 2023

Khamzat Chimaev will be going under the knife after suffering an injury during his UFC 294 fight with Kamaru Usman. Chimaev (13-0 MMA) squared off with Usman (20-4 MMA) in a middleweight contest that served as the co-main event of October’s pay-per-view event in Abu Dhabi. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ had accepted that bout on just ten days’ notice, this after Khamzat’s original opponent Paulo Costa was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Khamzat Chimaev and Ian Garry
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Ian Garry reflects on near-fight with Khamzat Chimaev alongside wife in an elevator: "Have a fight with him"

Josh Evanoff - November 28, 2023

UFC stars Ian Garry and Khamzat Chimaev nearly came to blows in an elevator last year. ‘The Future’ and ‘Borz’ are two young stars who have made a lot of headlines with their brash-talking nature. Furthermore, the two have made it clear that they wish to clash one day. In fact, Ian Garry has gone as far as to refer to Khamzat Chimaev as his “dream opponent”.

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Alex Pereira explains why he's uninterested in Khamzat Chimaev fight: "It doesn't make sense!"

Josh Evanoff - November 24, 2023

UFC light-heavyweight champion Alex Pereira doesn’t see much of a point in fighting Khamzat Chimaev. ‘Poatan’ is fresh off his return to the cage opposite Jiri Prochazka at UFC 295 earlier this month. There, Alex Pereria scored a second-round knockout win over ‘Denisa’. In the process, the Brazilian became light-heavyweight champion, and quickly eyed a potential trilogy with Israel Adesanya.

Jiri Prochazka and Khamzat Chimaev
Jiri Prochazka

Jiri Prochazka offers to welcome Khamzat Chimaev to light-heavyweight following Alex Pereira callout

Josh Evanoff - November 21, 2023

Former UFC light-heavyweight champion Jiri Prochazka would love to face Khamzat Chimaev if Alex Pereira doesn’t. ‘Borz’ took to social media earlier this week to call out Alex Pereira. ‘Poatan’ is fresh off his return at UFC 295 opposite Jiri Prochazka. In the Madison Square Garden headliner earlier this month, the Brazilian scored a second-round knockout win, much to the chagrin of Khamzat Chimaev.

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MMA fans scoff at Khamzat Chimaev request for UFC title fight with Alex Pereira: “You couldn’t finish Usman”

Harry Kettle - November 21, 2023

A parade of mixed martial arts fans have reacted negatively to the idea of Khamzat Chimaev challenging Alex Pereira. For a few years now, Khamzat Chimaev has been seen as one of the top prospects in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While he has yet to win a world title, he certainly seems to be close to a shot at the belt.

Alex Pereira, Khamzat Chimaev
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Khamzat Chimaev calls for fight with Alex Pereira after being snubbed of middleweight title shot

Susan Cox - November 20, 2023

Khamzat Chimaev is calling for a fight with Alex Pereira after being snubbed of a middleweight title shot. It was Khamzat Chimaev (13-0 MMA) who anticipated getting a shot at the middleweight title following his majority decision victory over Kamaru Usman (20-4 MMA) this past October in Abu Dhabi at UFC 294.

Sean Strickland and Khamzat Chimaev
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Manager reveals Khamzat Chimaev wasn't even discussed for Sean Strickland to fight at UFC 297

Cole Shelton - November 16, 2023

Lance Spaude the manager of Sean Strickland at Iridium Sports says Khamzat Chimaev wasn’t discussed for the American’s first title defense. Strickland became the middleweight champion back in September with a decision win over Israel Adesanya. Since then, UFC CEO Dana White said that the winner of Khamzat Chiamev vs. Kamaru Usman in October would be next in line for Strickland’s title.

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Brendan Allen rips Khamzat Chimaev's “bullsh*t” placement in the UFC middleweight rankings

Susan Cox - November 16, 2023

Brendan Allen is ripping Khamzat Chimaev’s “bullsh*t” placement in the UFC middleweight rankings. Chimaev (13-0 MMA) is currently ranked No. 8 in the UFC’s middleweight rankings.

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Khamzat Chimaev suffered a torn ligament, not a broken hand, in UFC 294 win over Kamaru Usman

Harry Kettle - October 30, 2023

Khamzat Chimaev reportedly suffered a torn ligament as opposed to a broken hand in his fight against Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. Earlier this month, Khamzat Chimaev went to war with Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. While Usman put in an incredible effort, Chimaev was the one who ultimately walked away as the winner.