VIDEO: Fans React on Twitter as Khamzat Chimaev Makes Weight on His Third Attempt

Published 10/29/2021, 7:44 AM EDT


UFC 267 is happening on October 30 and has already caused a roar of excitement. The main event fighters, Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira, and the co-main event fighters, Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen, hit weight and made their fights official. On the main card, Khamzat Chimaev, too, has an exciting bout against Li Jingliang. However, he had a little trouble on the scales.

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‘Borz’ was the last one to weigh in and he required a towel to hit 171 lbs. Also, he was reportedly still touching the towel while his weight was being noted. In his first attempt, Chimaev weighed half a pound over the limit, i.e. 171.5 lbs, whereas Jingliang managed to make 171 lbs. Chimaev was given an hour to try to meet the right weight.

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During his second try, Khamzat Chimaev weighed 166 pounds. This was because of the scale malfunctioning. At his third attempt, Chimaev successfully made the 171 lbs limit.

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Khamzat Chimaev was not the only fighter to have trouble on the scale at UFC 267. Sadly, lightweight fighter Damir Ismagulov weighed in at 163.5. Hence, the Ismagulov-Mustafaev bout got canceled as Ismagulov was 7.5 lbs over the limit.

Khamzat Chimaev’s towel controversy

UFC 267 weigh-in quickly became controversial for Chimaev because allegedly, his hands were on the towel during the weigh-in. Many accused him of trying to cut weight using tricks, while others tried to clarify that he was not touching the towel during the third attempt.

 

The undefeated welterweight fighter had contracted COVID earlier this year. As he was dealing with its after-effects, he took a hiatus. UFC 267 is his first fight since then.

‘Borz’ is one of the best fighters at UFC and previously made history for fighting and winning two fights, just ten days apart, in different divisions. The fact that he was able to train and make sure he hit the right weight within just a few days speaks for itself.

 

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All said and done, it is great that Chimaev was successful in making weight in the third attempt. It would be interesting to see if his cardio and stamina in the octagon would be up to the mark, considering his recent recovery from the virus.

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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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