Khamzat Chimaev has made it clear it’s not his fault that he hasn’t had a fight since beating Kevin Holland at UFC 279.
Chimaev made a blistering start to his UFC career in 2020, fighting three times in a little over 60 days, but since then, he has slowed down significantly, fighting only three times in three years, largely due to COVID-related complications throughout 2021. In 2023, however, he is ready to fight anyone, but for some reason, he isn’t getting a fight.
Dana White recently claimed that Chimaev hasn’t fought for nearly a year because of personal issues, but Chimaev has dismissed the UFC president’s statement in a series of recent tweets.
Despite his issues with cutting down to welterweight, which cost him a lucrative main event opportunity against Nate Diaz at UFC 279, Chimaev tweeted that he’s down to fight at welterweight and middleweight.
Chimaev then revealed that he has no issues whatsoever and he wants to fight as soon as possible.
“I have no problems with fights, if they gave me a fight, I would have fought a long time ago, I did so many training camps and not one fight, the problem is definitely not with me, prepared in Dubai then to Thailand, why do I train so much if there is no fight, I don’t understand,” Chimaev said.
Chimaev also listed six fighters he’d love to lock horns with next, including welterweight champion Leon Edwards and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya.
According to Chael Sonnen, Chimaev’s first opponent atop the 185-pound division is rumored to be one-time title challenger, Paulo Costa.
Who do you think Khamzat Chimaev should fight next?