Conor McGregor has a principle.
After Khamzat Chimaev missed weight by 7.5 pounds for his scheduled bout with Nate Diaz, UFC president Dana White scrambled to shuffle the UFC 279 card. The consequence: Diaz will fight Tony Ferguson instead whereas Chimaev will battle Kevin Holland.
McGregor does not assume Chimaev ought to even nonetheless be allowed to battle on the cardboard, although. He additionally believes that Chimaev purposely didn’t make weight so he may battle a “extra favorable bout” and that others will attempt the identical trick to vary their opponent after watching White change the cardboard.
Whether or not or not you’d categorize Chimaev’s smirk as nefarious or just coincidental, it must also be famous that Chimaev and his newly-minted opponent, Holland, came to blows during a backstage brawl on Thursday. So, Chimaev has some added motivation to battle Holland. If you happen to’re to imagine McGregor’s conspiracy.
There may be precedent for pulling combatants for not making weight or canceling a battle solely. Rafael Alves’s featherweight bout with Patrick Sabatini in 2021 was cut from the UFC Vegas 19 card after Alves missed weight by a document 11.5 kilos. However that wasn’t the principle occasion, in contrast to the originally-scheduled Diaz-Chimaev showdown.
McGregor hasn’t competed since his 2021 loss to Dustin Poirier in UFC 264 when he broke his tibia. It is unclear when McGregor will return to the ring, however White told TMZ again in June that he thinks McGregor might be able to return by the tip of 2022 or early 2023.