Khamzat Chimaev thinks Kamaru Usman is only fighting him for money at UFC 294.
‘Borz’ was originally set to fight Paulo Costa, but the Brazilian had to withdraw due to a staph infection that needed immediate surgery. As a result, former welterweight champion Usman stepped in as a short-notice replacement.
It’s worth noting that Usman is currently facing a two-fight losing streak, with both of his losses coming at the hands of Leon Edwards. Prior to that, he was on an impressive run of 15 fight winning streak.
Consequently, Chimaev holds the belief that Usman may have passed his prime and currently resembles an outdated version of the Chechen.
“Of course, because since Day 1 I get to the UFC, everyone spoke about Khamzat, Usman, Khamzat, Usman,” Chimaev told MMA Junkie and other reporters through an interpreter at Wednesday’s media day. “Our wrestling skills, our striking, all of these things. Usman is a fighter like me, but he’s the old version, I’m new, different. Like iPhones come out, he’s iPhone 5. I’m like Pro. It’s different.”
“The guy comes just to make money. It’s a lot of money put on that. I think he gets a lot of good money when somebody fights me. It’s different-level money. So that’s why he’s here. Of course, he comes for win, everyone comes to a fight to win, and he has already excuses. He’s getting paid. So I think that’s why he comes. Everyone here, a lot of guys talk about, ‘My my history, this belt, this sh*t,’ when somebody put the money you know, millions, one day everyone will forget about that, but the guy is going to have his money for his family. That’s why he’s here, I think.”
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