Khamzat Chimaev made an prompt popularity with the UFC for his willingness to struggle anybody at anytime. The Chechen-born Allstar Coaching Heart product ran out three straight wins between the middleweight and welterweight divisions in simply three months again in 2020, turning himself into one of many promotion’s most hyped prospects alongside the best way.
Whereas a depraved case of COVID and a climb towards title competition have slowed the tempo of his bookings recently, it doesn’t appear to have dampened Chimaev’s need to chase down larger and higher challenges. Together with, apparently, a possible struggle with probably middleweight title challenger Alex Pereira.
Because it’s turned out, the UFC has completely totally different plans for Chimaev—with the July nineteenth announcement that he’ll be dealing with Nate Diaz in the principle occasion UFC 279 this coming September. That’s most likely for the very best, contemplating Pereira’s response to ‘Borz’ calling for a struggle between them. By all accounts, the Brazilian was something aside from impressed.
“Take a look at this man,” Pereira mentioned of Chimaev’s tweet in a current interview on MMA Fighting’s Trocacao Franca podcast. “I’m going to struggle for the belt, it’s assured. He desires to consideration. ‘Oh, I wanna struggle this man.’ He is aware of I’m the subsequent contender and he nonetheless says one thing like that. I’d prefer to see [what he would do] if Dana White got here out and mentioned, ‘Alex, your shot at Adesanya is assured however he desires a while to organize, so struggle this man first as a result of he desires to struggle you. Your title shot continues to be assured.’ Let’s see what he would say.
“[Chimaev] desires consideration as a result of he is aware of it doesn’t make sense. I’m going to return and struggle him once I’m already assured for the belt? He desires consideration, however he’ll should take a quantity and return to the road.”
“These guys wanna make a reputation for themselves [by talking],” Pereira added. “If I wasn’t going to struggle for the belt already and he mentioned one thing like that, hats off to him. However the best way he’s doing it, he’s a coward. He’s a coward looking for consideration.”
No phrase but on simply when followers may anticipate to see Pereira face off in opposition to Adesanya within the Octagon. Nevertheless, ‘Poatan’ already holds a pair of victories over the ‘Final Stylebender’ from their kickboxing days, including a critical layer of intrigue to their first assembly underneath MMA guidelines. Couple that with Pereira’s 3-0 UFC run, together with a spectacular KO over Sean Strickland earlier this month, and UFC president Dana White has basically assured that the UFC is making him the subsequent protection of Adesanya’s title.
“I f-cking assure you. I completely, positively assure you that the subsequent struggle that Israel Adesanya fights will probably be bat-sh-t nuts,” White informed the assembled media on the UFC on ABC 3: Ortega vs. Rodriguez post-fight presser, talking of Pereira.
Within the meantime, Chimaev will simply should accept his upcoming battle with Diaz, and the very probably welterweight title shot that can await him if he comes out of that reserving together with his hand raised.