“It Is Impossible to Respect Him as a Person” -Khamzat Chimaev on Conor McGregor’s Behavior

Published 10/28/2021, 11:55 PM EDT


Conor McGregor is one of the most well-known UFC fighters and has incredible star power. While he has lost several bouts recently, one cannot deny that his fights attract a lot of attention. His fights against Khabib Nurmagomedov, Nate Diaz, and Dustin Poirier have had some of the highest PPV buys. While he lost the fights, from a business point of view, it was a win for McGregor and UFC. However, Khamzat Chimaev is not happy with McGregor’s conduct.

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The Irish fighter has a record of 22 wins and 6 losses. Most of his losses have been from 2016 onwards. While these defeats may have not affected his pay, it seems to have affected people’s views of him as a fighter. However, his shenanigans outside the octagon are also are no secret. 

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Khamzat Chimaev of Czechia poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Several controversies and confrontations with the law constantly keep the fighter in news. From making distasteful comments on his opponent’s family members to getting into fights, the fighter has done it all. 

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Khamzat Chimaev speaks about Conor McGregor

Khamzat Chimaev is yet another exceptional fighter. However, he finds it difficult to agree with McGregor’s conduct outside the octagon. He said, “Yes, he achieved everything in the UFC -he was a champion in two weight classes. This I respect with him. But it is impossible to respect him as a person.”

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Many believed that McGregor’s prime as a UFC fighter was coming to an end; especially after his injury at UFC 264. However, McGregor will soon return to the octagon. 

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While McGregor’s comments and trash talk can be distasteful, one cannot deny that he is a good businessman and attracts a vast audience. After a long absence from UFC, his fans hope for a smashing comeback. Another bout against Dustin Poirier might possibly happen. But owing to the fact that he has lost two fights against the American fighter, a third bout could be a bad idea. Fighting a new opponent could give ‘The Notorious’ a chance to offer something new to his audience. 

Watch this story: Khamzat Chimaevs Best Moments in His UFC Career Thus Far

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Chimaev’s take on McGregor’s behavior is understandable. However, ‘Borz‘ has his own fight to focus on right now. He will end a 13-month hiatus to fight at UFC 267 against Li Jingliang.

What do you think about Khamzat Chimaev’s comments about Conor McGregor? Do you agree with him? Let us know in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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