Dana White Gives an Update on Khamzat Chimaev

Published 12/31/2020, 5:30 AM EST


Khamzat Chimaev had his proposed fight against Leon Edwards for the second time. After “Rocky” pulled out the first time, “Borz” had to withdraw this time as he needs time to recover after testing positive for coronavirus.

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In an interview with NYup, Dana White talked about the Chimaev situation and how the Russian has risen to fame in such a short span. He also acknowledged other stars of 2020 like Kevin Holland and Joaquin Buckley.

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“Yeah, obviously Khamzat, what I love about the kid is he wants to fight all the time. Guys that are as good as him and want to fight all time, not everybody wants to fight him. So, it’s tough to make fights. You sprinkle some COVID on top of that and here we are because everybody was asking about him this weekend, why he pulled out of the fight,” Dana White started.

He got COVID. He’s a savage. He tried to get back and trained through it. I guess his lungs didn’t respond well. So, the doctor wants him to take some time off before he trains again. Doesn’t even want him to start training till sometime in January,” continued the UFC President.

So you got him, Kevin Holland. Another guy like Chimaev, Wants to fight all the time. The kid went 5-0 in 2020. He’s fun, he’s an exciting, good looking kid. And then another would be Joaquin Buckley, who had in 2020, not in 2020, the most viral moment ever in UFC history with that knockout he had. So, we’re putting together the contender series. The amount of talent that’s coming up is phenomenal. So, it’s just 3 out of many,” concluded Mr. White.

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Khamzat Chimaev is touted to be a future champion

Chimaev has had a meteoric rise in the UFC. He won 3 fights in 2 different weight classes to start off an incredible hype around him. He is touted to be a title challenger in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions.

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Whether “Borz” can fulfill those lofty expectations remains to be seen. What do you make of Dana White’s comments on Chimaev?

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