Did Khamzat Chimaev purposely miss weight? Or did the promotion capitalize on a “Borz” misstep to avoid wasting a dying combat card? Each conspiracies are on the desk this week after last Friday’s weigh-in disaster, which resulted in a three-fight shuffle, together with the UFC 279 important and co-main occasions.
Former UFC heavyweight attraction-turned-wacky standup comedian Brendan Schaub just lately instructed his Twitter followers that Chimaev’s epic scale fail might have allowed the promotion to transform the UFC 279 lineup, which in response to “Massive Brown,” was “not trending nicely” on the pay-per-view (PPV) charts.
May this theory have been flawed?
Schaub’s idea led to a right away Twitter response from retired UFC welterweight Ben Askren, who recommended the promotion was not within the conspiracy enterprise final weekend in Las Vegas, primarily as a result of it cost Dana White and Co. out-of-pocket cash to restore the tattered combat card.
Agree, I’m certain everybody bought paid. I don’t assume it’s attributable to Khamzat lacking weight. I feel it bought switched attributable to #UFC279 not trending nicely because it was such a mismatch
— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) September 9, 2022
You say mismatch, they are saying televised execution, both method UFC veteran and famend MMA coach Pat Miletich bought dragged into the back-and-forth bickering between Schaub and White, earlier than a media member corrected the “Sin Metropolis” combat boss.
“I heard this factor right this moment, and I don’t know the way true it’s, Pat Miletich was saying we instructed Khamzat to not make weight as a result of we weren’t promoting tickets,” White instructed reporters on the “Contender Collection” press convention. “The fucking present was bought out going into that day of the weigh-ins. I don’t know if Pat actually mentioned that, but when he did, he needs to be the dumbest motherfucker on the planet. I imply, you understand how fucking silly it’s important to be to even assume one thing like that, not to mention say it publicly and act such as you’re fucking critical.”
“We’re regulated by the athletic fee,” White continued. “In the event you assume we instructed Khamzat Chimaev to not make weight, then Khamzat reveals up and the followers are all pissed off at him and stuff, and he’s going to only … if something in regards to the sport, this can be a man that was truly within the sport, coaching and preventing and every thing else. If Pat actually mentioned that, holy shit, we would must ship him to the out fucking clinic, the mind clinic, to get him checked out.”
White later realized the unique conspiracy idea got here from Schaub.
“I apologize to Pat Miletich,” White mentioned. “That make sense.”
Sadly for all events concerned, it was welterweight day-saver Tony Ferguson who recommended Khamzat missed weight on goal. “El Cucuy” changed “Borz” within the UFC 279 headliner however insists there’s all the time extra to the story when “Russians” are concerned.
“When it went right down to it, it was type of like a reminder of the pandemic,” Ferguson mentioned on the UFC 279 post-fight press conference. “You’ve bought two Russians, like Nate (Diaz) mentioned. You’ve bought Khabib who ran away from me at UFC 209. And on the final one, I overlook which quantity it was, it was like an entire bunch of ‘em proper? After which you will have Khamzat, purposely lacking weight. I’m gonna be actual, like, beginning all that shit, it might have been a facade, so he might have fucking, simply no matter.”
Schaub took many of the warmth for the UFC 279 conspiracy theories and was fast to defend himself in a prolonged rant on Instagram. The previous “Final Fighter” finalist resurrected his “Eskimo Brothers” feud from 2018 by evaluating White to a cut-rate model of ex-WWE chairman Vince McMahon, primarily based on his “steroids” and “asshole” gown code.
Oh god… right here we go once more. I’ve been nothing however cool and thought you’d be taught from the final time you talked about my identify and bought destroyed. Sadly, not shocked you’re a bully. All the time have been. You placed on a pair of designer denims and a few “hip sneakers” and assume you’re cool. You’re nonetheless a dork with a frat bro vocabulary. Calling me and quite a few individuals “dummy” “dumbass” “fucking fool” as a result of we’ve questions on “the chaos” at UFC 279? Additionally, nobody is speaking about *gate tickets,* I used to be referring to *pay per view buys* and the way UFC 279 was *trending*… which you don’t launch to the general public, however will say “it went F*ckin nice bros!” Sorry, we simply don’t purchase what you’re telling us after mendacity quite a few occasions however the sheep media you choose to attend occasions don’t have the balls to name you out. Simply within the current press convention you have been caught mendacity about further compensation to the fighters. You want a actuality test. You’re surrounded by “Sure males.” You’re not particular, you’re not authentic. You’re a low price range Vince McMahon. Each transfer you make is a replica cat of that dude. Solely factor you will have in widespread is you’re each on steroids and gown like assholes. Want I remind you, your origin story is a failed cardio kick boxing teacher who had two wealthy pals in highschool to fund this enterprise. Now go make a “cool” video with the Nelk boys to remain related or have your PR staff give you an excellent press story to distract the followers away from fighter pay and the way they must put on these terrible underneath armor ‘Rock’ footwear and received’t see a dime. “Dummy” PS. Give up stealing my reveals on thicccboy community and recreating it on Struggle move, okay? Additionally… depart Pat Miletich alone.
Will White once again be “silenced?”
The general consensus was that Diaz — on the ultimate combat of his UFC contract — was being fed to Chimaev to assist market “Borz” as the following credible risk to the welterweight title, to be determined in this rubber match early subsequent 12 months. I’ve to consider the promotion anticipated a non-title PPV card would pattern evenly however maybe can be a strong funding in Chimaev if the “Chechen Gangster” steamrolled Diaz and positioned himself as the person to beat at 170 kilos.
None of that occurred, due to a failed weigh in, so matchmakers needed to flip rooster shit into rooster salad, as this former heavyweight champion used to say.