UFC President Dana White Uncharacteristically Drops the Next Move for Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev

Published 03/22/2023, 6:58 AM EDT

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UFC 286 shaped up a new structure for the UFC Welterweight division. With former dominant champion Kamaru Usman out of the title picture after successive losses, other fighters are creeping up to face champion Leon Edwards. However, the fans are confused as to who should get the next title shot. MMA fans around the world have been debating potential names over the internet and justifying their stance over the same. But the ultimate decision rests in the hands of UFC President Dana White.

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Dana White has announced the future of the Welterweight division in an uncharacteristic manner. The business mogul has replied to a request from a fan via his Instagram account.

Dana White casually announces Colby Covington vs Leon Edwards

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Dana White uploaded a video of the next UFC Fight Night that takes place this weekend. However, the fans were constantly wondering about the future of the Welterweight fighters such as Colby Covington and Khamzat Chimaev. The UFC President has cleared the air regarding the future of these fighters. A fan made a suggestion to White, “@danawhite you need to make Colby vs Khamzat. winner gets Leon”.

 

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White gave them a reply via his account, “@g.zuniga83 Khamzat is a middleweight and Colby already has the fight.” White has seemingly made it clear that Covington need not do more to get a title shot as White may be ready to hand it to him.

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Dana White announces Khamzat Chimaev’s move to middleweight

One of the most intriguing aspects of the Welterweight division is the future of ‘Borz’ Khamzat Chimaev. The Swedish fighter is still undefeated and the fans want to see him take on the UFC Welterweight champion. However, Chimaev has been struggling to make weight at 170 pounds as evidenced by his last PPV fight at UFC 279.

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Dana White has confirmed that Chimaev may not fight at 170 pounds again. White mentioned that when he said, “Khamzat is a middleweight”. Many fans would also agree that Chimaev is too big for the Welterweight division and his natural weight class would be higher than 170 pounds.

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A daunting challenge for the UFC fighter remains ahead as he would have to face the 185-pounders in the UFC. Furthermore, he has also challenged some of the UFC middleweights for a fight not long ago. What do you think about the comment of UFC President Dana White? Share your views and opinions with us in the comments below.

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Faizan Mirza is a UFC Writer at Essentially Sports. He has had a keen eye on the UFC since 2015 and is a fan of Conor McGregor because of his attitude and charisma. Faizan had been following McGregor's ascent in the sport.
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