Khamzat Chimaev’s Fight Will Get ‘Scratched’, MMA Insider Gives Unsettling Robert Whittaker Status for Saudi Arabia

Published 04/02/2024, 10:12 AM EDT

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The fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Robert Whittaker gathered a lot of attention after it was announced. Two of the biggest names in the middleweight division will face each other in Saudi Arabia on June 22. Fans and experts have started making their predictions for the much-awaited fight. The battle will also mark the return of ‘Borz’, who is returning after a break.

Former UFC fighter Chael Sonnen recently took to his YouTube channel to analyze the fight. However, during the video, he made a prediction which might surprise the fans. Let us find out what the former fighter has in store for the viewers this time.

Chael Sonnen makes a bold claim in his recent YouTube video


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29-year-old Khamzat Chimaev defeated Kamaru Usman at UFC 294 via decision and cemented his place in the middleweight division. However, he had to take a break from the sport because of illness. The Swede is now making a comeback against Robert Whittaker in Saudi Arabia. While many believe that the fight is a perfect match, Sonnen doesn’t quite agree with it. According to him, ‘The Reaper’ doesn’t have much to gain from the fight. He even claimed that the fight might just get scratched off because of this reason.


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He said, “There’s a lot of things that you look at it historically speaking by Robert Whittaker standard this is a quick turn around and a very difficult match with not as much on it. As generally Robert would like. It is the first time in Saudi Arabia. This will be the most views Robert has ever had in a fight. Is that enough to motivate him? Maybe. But if it’s not I’m not suggesting that the answer is you got to come in got to demand that that’s a number one contender match. That’s not my suggestion. My suggestion is if it’s not then this fight sooner or later is going to get scratched.” 

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The 46-year-old made some serious claims in his latest video but it is still early days to predict something like this. That said, experts have already started making their predictions for the fight, and in a recent interview, Jason Miller also picked his favorite.

Former UFC fighter feels ‘Borz’ has an upper hand in the fight

Jason ‘Mayhem’ Miller recently sat down for a chat with MMA Reporter Helen Yee. Currently retired from the sport, Miller seemed super excited about the upcoming battle between Chimaev and Whittaker. The 43-year-old former UFC fighter locked horns with some of the best in the promotion during his fighting days. While speaking to Yee he had a tough time picking his favorite. He said, “Man Whitaker’s got that style that you know it’s so exciting to watch and very like the edge of your seat kind of kind of fighter.” 


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He also pointed out the wrestling prowess of Chimaev, which might put Whittaker in trouble. However, he did pick his favorite and said, “man that that that’s a tough one that’s one of those where my heart’s with Whittaker you know but my wallet might be with Chimaev.” The fight is still two months away and the fans will hope it doesn’t get cancelled. Will Khamzat Chimaev be able to out-wrestle Robert Whittaker in Saudi Arabia? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anirban Chatterjee


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Anirban Chatterjee is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Anirban holds an MBA in Sports Management and is an athlete himself. After stints in notable organizations as a professional writer, Anirban pivoted to covering UFC, ONE Championship, and other premiere MMA promoters.
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