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‘Let Me Die Here or Do the Fight’ – Khamzat Chimaev Reflects on the Measures He Took to Make It to His Last Fight at UFC 279

Published 11/19/2022, 11:30 AM EST

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Khamzat Chimaev is one of the most coveted names on the current UFC roster. ‘Borz’ is a ruthless fighter who often rag dolls and beats his opponents to a pulp. In a recent interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, Chimaev went on to discuss his weight-cut issues before the UFC 279 main event. He also revealed that he denied being hospitalized while facing extreme difficulties while cutting weight.

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‘Borz’ revealed that he wanted to fight at any cost, which fueled his determination of denying to visit the hospital. Chimaev also indicated that he wasn’t like other guys who ended up in hospitals amidst weight cuts.


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Khamzat Chimaev was subjected to a lot of hate for missing weight

The UFC 279 main event was expected to be a huge crowd puller with ‘The Stockton Gangster’, Nate Diaz, matched up against Khamzat ‘Borz’ Chimaev. But it rather startled the fans to see Chimaev coming out about 8 pounds beyond the required limit.

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In his interview with Brett Okamoto, Chimaev appeared to realize the reason behind all the hate coming towards him.


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He stated, “some guys, sometimes they love you sometimes they don’t love you, because I didn’t make weight.”

But, ‘Borz’ denied being hospitalized even after facing severe difficulties during his weight cut. He went on to state, I did fight”. This spirit of Chimaev is well-known to a lot of MMA fans. He is always ready for a fight.

Chimaev was even ready to die but refused hospitalization

A lot of fighters have been subjected to severe hassles during weight cuts and many of them have even ended up in the hospital. To make weight for his UFC 279 event, Khamzat had also over-exerted himself to a situation where he seemed in great difficulty and was advised to be hospitalized.

He went on to state the entire incident in his interview with Okamoto. he stated, “Some guys didn’t make weight so they go to hospital and making that things, I didn’t go hospital.” ‘Borz’ stated, he was well aware of the fact that, “if they take me there, fight not gonna happen”.

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Chimaev also quoted himself saying, “So I said, never, Let me die here or do the fight.” He further stated, “A couple of hours and they call me and tell me you have to fight, Kevin. So you can drink water and so I put weight.” His bout was finally fixed with Kevin Holland.

Most of the UFC fans are well aware of the outcome of the Chimaev vs Holland bout. Chimaev went on to finish off Holland after just a minute of the bout.

Which other weight-cut-difficulty stories are you aware of?


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Souvik Roy


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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.
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