Kamaru Usman has reacted after UFC President Dana White suggested that Chimaev vs. Burns will be a #1 contender fight.
UFC 273 which takes place on April 9th in Jacksonville, Florida, will feature Khamzat Chimaev (10-0 MMA) vs Gilbert Burns (20-4 MMA) in a welterweight bout.
Khamzat last fought at UFC 267 in October of 2021, beating Li Jingliang (18-7 MMA) in the first round.
Burns last fought at UFC 264 in July of 2021, beating Stephen Thompson (16-6 MMA) by unanimous decision.
Kamaru Usman has weighed in on Dana White suggesting it will be a #1 contender fight.
During the UFC 272 post-fight press conference, Dana told media members that having Chimaev and Burns compete for a UFC Welterweight Title shot doesn’t sound too bad.
“Makes sense.” White said.
That belief was shared by the champion during a media scrum prior to the UFC 272 weigh-ins in Las Vegas last week.
“Well, I mean, this guy hasn’t even fought in the top 10. He hasn’t even beat anyone yet,” said Usman (h/t MMANews). “So, I mean, Covington is still standing in the way. So I think there’s still a couple more fights that he has to get through. But, like I say, I love to compete. When that fight presents itself, I’ll be here to compete.”
Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA), the welterweight champion, who’s only loss was to Jose Caceres (15-12 MMA) way back in May of 2013. ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ doesn’t believe Khamzat hasn’t earned the right for a #1 contender fight as he hasn’t even fought in the top 10.
Do you agree with Usman that Khamzat has to get in a few more fights before getting the opportunity to fight a #1 contender? Who do you think will be the victor on April 9th, ‘Borz’ or ‘Durinho’? Share your thoughts in the comment section PENN Nation!