Dana White Provides an Update on Khamzat Chimaev’s Potential Next Fight

Published 06/03/2021, 11:59 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


It’s seldom easy to look at a fighter and realize that he is going to be a star in the future. However, sometimes it is, and that’s why the UFC and Dana White are as successful as they are. They find fighters with a lot of potential and then turn them into superstars.

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One of those fighters is welterweight and middleweight fighter Khamzat Chimaev. However, in this case, all the credit goes to him for turning a good CV into an argument for superstardom. The Swedish fighter has fought 9 times and finished all 9 fights before the third round. That’s an incredible record and stands alone in its greatness.

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So much so that fans can’t get enough of him. Dana White appeared in an interview with Mike Swick for his podcast, Real Quick With Mike Swick Podcast. Swick asked him about the futures of promising featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov and Chimaev.

Chimaev is coming in next week to meet with us,” Dana replied, giving the fans something to cheer for. Chimaev last fought in September 2020. Ever since then, he has struggled with COVID-19 and post-COVID symptoms. This ruled him out of his match against Leon Edwards, which was made multiple times.

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Dana White predicts that Tyron Woodley would knock Jake Paul in their August 28 fight.

Swick asked White for a prediction for the recently made fight between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley. Paul recently knocked out Ben Askren in the first round of their fight in April. However, White stuck to his guns and predicted that Woodley would knock Paul out.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“Woodley should knock him out,” White said. Additionally, he expressed some concerns about Woodley losing his hunger after he won the welterweight belt. He explained that Woodley looked like a different fighter back then and isn’t as impressive right now. However, MMA fans will hope that White’s prediction and comes true, and they don’t have to see any more images of Jake Paul gloating.

Do you agree with Dana White? Do you think Tyron Woodley would knock Jake Paul out?

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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