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MMA News Roundup: Khamzat Chimaev Replies to Jorge Masvidal, UFC 287 Bout Cancelled Due to Fighter Pulling Out, Alex Pereira Spotted Training With Former UFC Legend

Published 03/28/2023, 4:44 PM EDT

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The fast-paced world of MMA maintained its character in the last 24 hours as well. From Khamzat Chimaev’s opinion about one of his noted fellow Welterweights to Alex Pereira’s new training instructor. There were a lot of noteworthy incidents that kept the MMA world bustling during the last day. Hence, we are back with one more edition of our MMA news roundup to keep you updated with some of the most noted MMA world incidents from the last 24 hours. Today, we’ll start off by looking at Khamzat Chimaev’s reply to the BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal. Additionally, we’ll also know about the UFC 287 bout cancellation due to the famed Welterweight, Li Jingliang pulling out from his bout. Lastly, we’ll wrap things up for the day after putting some light on Alex Pereira’s new familiar training instructor.

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Khamzat Chimaev’s reply to Jorge Masvidal

The notable UFC Welterweight, Jorge Masvidal, didn’t take Khamzat Chimaev’s words too well. Recently, the known Welterweight, Khamzat Chimaev, gave out his opinion on the current UFC Middleweight king, Alex Pereira. However, ‘Borz’s’ words rather carried a hostility towards ‘Poatan’. Chimaev iterated that he could get the better of Pereira with his superior wrestling skills.


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However, ‘Gamebred’ felt that ‘Borz’ lacked respect in his words for the Middleweight champ. He bashed Chimaev, stating, “This is the world champion and you don’t even have a f**king win over a top-15 guy”. He also stated, “You can’t miss weight by 8.5 pounds and call for title shots”.


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But, ‘Borz’ wasn’t the kind of person to take it all quietly. He too responded to Masvidal with a comment on his Instagram account, “He is no longer a gangster talking about weights gangsters no matter what weight he fights”.

Many fans might say that this altercation might be the start of a new rivalry between the two. However, Chimaev will have to stay in Welterweight if this rivalry commences.

UFC 287 bout was canceled due to Li Jingliang pulling out

The known UFC Welterweight, Li Jingliang, announced rather disheartening news for his fans. ‘The Chinese’ was scheduled to take on his fellow colleague, Michael Chiesa, for the UFC 287.

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But, Jinliang took to a Chinese social media platform on 27 March 2023 and announced that he had suffered a gruesome spine injury. He also revealed that he would be missing his UFC 287 bout scheduled for April 8, 2023.

Currently, there is also no assurance about whether Michael Chiesa will have a new opponent or not. But, the sure thing about this incident is that a lot of fans would have been disheartened by it.

Alex Pereira was seen training with the coveted Chuck Lidell

The UFC Middleweight Champion had been creating headlines regarding numerous issues post his UFC 281 victory. ‘Poatan’ also took his championship to his tribe in Brazil, which created massive headlines.

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Recently, Pereira was in the headlines once more. ‘Poatan’ was spotted training with the noted UFC legend, Chuck ‘The Iceman’ Liddel which garnered massive attention from UFC fans. A recent video uploaded on the UFC Middleweight champ’s YouTube channel showcased the noted UFC stars Chuck Liddel and Glover Teixeira observing ‘Poatan’s sparring session.

A lot of fans might be restless to witness how this venture with ‘The Iceman’ can be beneficial for Pereira. What are your thoughts? How do you think ‘Poatan’ can benefit from Liddell?




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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.

Edited By: Anuj Jacob