This Saturday night, fans are in for a treat as Chimaev steps into the octagon against Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. This marks Khamzat Chimaev’s first match since his impressive submission victory over Kevin Holland in September of last year.
It’s worth recalling that this bout only materialized after the Chechen’s unfortunate weight mishap during a scheduled face-off against Nate Diaz.
Following the weight incident, Khamzat Chimaev was directed to move up in weight class. Now, he faces his first significant challenge in the middleweight division against the formidable Kamaru Usman. Notably, Irish MMA icon Conor McGregor shared his thoughts on this intriguing matchup.
In McGregor’s opinion, Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kamaru Usman is the ideal matchup for the Chechen. The Irishman didn’t make a formal forecast, but it’s very obvious who he’s riding with.
Conor McGregor made a statement on Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kamaru Usman. He said: “A much bigger fighter at 185. But he must face bigger opponents now, albeit not this fight as he faces a 170 on a steep skid. But he himself gets to weigh the bigger weight.”
McGregor’s excitement for this match is palpable as he stated, “A perfect fight for the Chechen. I am excited to see this story unfold.”
McGregor’s comments on this bout shouldn’t come as a surprise to avid followers of the sport. He has previously critiqued Kamaru Usman and even hinted at a potential face-off in the welterweight division. However, it appears he has now found contentment in the middleweight ranks.
McGregor recently called out boxing icon Canelo Alvarez in a tweet for a boxing match. He stated: “Saul you uncooked chicken, I’ll stomp the ligaments out of your knee joint. I don’t even need hands to end you, I’ll kick you raw pink, leave you looking like you were left out in the sun too long haha freckle arse. I will see you and we will see. Canelo is a cornflake, no sugar.”