Chris Weidman Issues Challenge To Khamzat Chimaev
Former UFC Middleweight Champion Chris Weidman wants to take on the fast-rising Khamzat Chimaev.
Chimaev has been on the fast lane to success in the UFC. His first two UFC bouts took place within the span of 10 days. Chimaev finished John Phillips and Rhys McKee in that span. He then knocked out Gerald Meerschaert with one punch in just 17 seconds.
Many have compared Chimaev to a more aggressive version of UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Chimaev has been looking for opponents as he claims fighters at both welterweight and middleweight are avoiding him.
Enter Chris Weidman.
Chimaev initially claimed that Weidman was a part of that list of fighters who are ducking him.
I just want to let my fans know and the people who support me the ufc offer me wonder boy and he turned it down at 170 and also chris Weidman at 185 who also turned it down. I’m coming for everyone
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) October 9, 2020
“I just want to let my fans know and the people who support me the UFC offer me wonder boy and he turned it down at 170 and also Chris Weidman at 185 who also turned it down. I’m coming for everyone.”
Weidman responded to this claim by saying that he’s down to fight Chimaev in January.
This guy Chimeav needs some humbling would love to do that. January I'm in! @ufc make this happen.
— Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) October 16, 2020
“This guy Chimaev needs some humbling would love to do that. January I’m in! UFC, make this happen.”
Whenever you want I will smash you. I don’t understand why you need so long time ? If u are a fighter you must always be ready👊🏼
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) October 16, 2020
“Whenever you want I will smash you. I don’t understand why you need so long time? If u are a fighter you must always be ready.”
Weidman’s last outing took place on August 8. He defeated Omari Ahkmedov via unanimous decision. It was the “All-American’s” first victory since July 22. Weidman has only gone 2-5 in his last seven outings but he believes he’s in for a turnaround.
Up to this point, Chimaev has garnered a perfect pro MMA record of 9-0. None of his bouts have gone the distance. Chimaev has six wins by way of knockout or TKO and three submission victories.