Khamzat Chimaev has been hinting at a number of prospective options for himself since his disastrous weigh-cutting incident before UFC 279.
Chimaev prompted the UFC to shuffle much of the event’s main card in an effort to rescue the pay-per-view. Chimaev stepped onto the scale eight pounds above the welterweight limit for his planned main event with Nate Diaz. Fortunately, the UFC was able to resolve the issue, and everything went well on the day of the event. Since then, fans have been eagerly awaiting news about Khamzat Chimaev’s future plans.
UFC president Dana White may have provided some information about the star’s future intentions in an interview with The MAC Life on YouTube. The interviewer made the suggestion that the co-main event of the UFC’s return to London in 2023 should be Khamzat Chimaev vs. Colby Covington throughout the discussion. White agreed to the idea right away.
“I agree with you. Alright, I’m on it. I’ll get it done.”
The highly anticipated trilogy match between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and former titleholder Kamaru Usman is slated to be the main event when the UFC returns to London.
Fans demanded a trilogy match with the series at 1-1 right away. The match would take place in Edwards’ native nation early in the next year. Dana White concurred and said that the UFC may turn to other England favorites like Liverpudlians Paddy Pimblet and Molly McCann if they want to completely stack the deck for their return to “The Big Smoke” in 2023.
The addition of a welterweight battle between Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev, two of the roster’s most abrasive and contentious athletes, might help the UFC make history with their return to London.