Andreas Michael says Khamzat Chimaev’s physique shut down throughout his weight minimize for UFC 279.
Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC), who was scheduled to face Nate Diaz on this previous Saturday’s headliner at T-Cellular Area, came in 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit. In consequence, the combat card was shuffled and Chimaev fought Kevin Holland, as an alternative. Diaz fought Tony Ferguson in the principle occasion.
Michael stated Chimaev was experiencing points throughout the minimize and wasn’t going to jeopardize his star pupil’s well being, despite the fact that they have been devastated the combat with Diaz fell by.
“We took the primary 4 kilos fairly simple, after which it’s like, ‘We’re going to take the remainder within the morning,’” Michael informed ESPN. “So we had about 2.5-3 kilos left. However then some problems began occurring throughout the evening. (Chimaev) began getting cramps, began throwing up, he began being dizzy. His physique was seizing up, and we referred to as the UFC. We referred to as the doctor and we needed the recommendation from them, as a result of I’m not a health care provider. I don’t know what’s protected and never protected, and I at all times take the protected route. We’re taking part in with folks’s lives right here – it’s not a joke.
“Truly, he had about six kilos to lose, however we drank earlier than as a result of he wanted to hydrate slightly bit earlier than we weighed in, with the doctor’s suggestion. Do not forget that: The physician advisable this. I cannot go in opposition to the physician.”
Michael stated Chimaev got here into the camp heavier than standard and didn’t have the enough period of time he’s accustomed to for his minimize right down to 170 kilos. Michael needed to ensure his camp was centered on the combat itself, not simply the load minimize.
“He’s by no means missed weight every other time earlier than that, so I don’t know why everybody’s performing as if he’s at all times lacking weight,” Michael stated. “It’s the primary time. Sure, he has had a tough time making weight, and that’s on him. He trains arduous and he likes to eat to have vitality. He trains tougher than anybody, however that comes with penalties. You need to gas the machine.
“You want time to get right down to the affordable weight earlier than you begin your camp. Diaz got here in the long run of August. We stated, ‘Can we transfer it slightly bit, please, as a result of it’s a legacy combat, that one. In fact we’d love that combat.’ They moved it like one and a half weeks after that, two weeks after that, and I believe we had 5 or 6 weeks of preparation to get into camp after we heard about it, and he was already about 93-94 kilos (205-207 kilos) beginning his camp. So I used to be considering like this: Ought to I make the camp all about his weight, or ought to I make the camp him coaching good to win?”
Chimaev appeared to face no bodily points on combat evening. He ran through Holland for a first-round submission in a 180-pound catchweight bout.