Khamzat Chimaev’s Discontent Over 185-Pound Title Shot – “If You Promised Me Something, You Have To Answer For Your Words”

Dominant top 10 ranked UFC middleweight Khamzat Chimaev feels lied to considering Dana White’s remarks on the possibility of a UFC 300 185-pound title match.

Dricus Du Plessis earned the 185-pound strap this past weekend at UFC 297 with a razor-thin split decision victory over Sean Strickland. Immediately following the match, speculation began regarding on who Du Plessis will meet next, and if he will be ready to defend his title at UFC 300 in April.

During the UFC 297 post-event press conference, when asked to touch on Chimaev’s competition status, Dana White did not seem confident that he would be ready to fight at UFC 300 given how sick he was following his fight with Kamaru Usman in October. That being said, he did not rule Chimaev out of the title fight equation, like the Chechen fighter was worried about.

“I know he was very, very sick, and I know he’s getting better, but I don’t know if he’s fight-at-300 better,”

-Dana White

In a recent interview with ESPN, Chimaev touched on the subject and seemed concerned that Dana White will not follow through on the ‘promise’ that allegedly occurred.

“Who else is going to fight him,” Chimaev told ESPN. “Israel is out [he said] until 2027. All of these guys fought each other. It’s only me who is undefeated and undisputed, so I don’t know. They promised me after the Usman fight that [I] will for sure fight for the title, and I won that fight. I don’t know what’s going on.

“I heard Dana White said that, ‘I don’t think Khamzat is next for the title,’ that’s the bulls***, man.”

“If you promised me something, you have to answer for your words, and I’m the guy who always answers for my words,” Chimaev explained. “I don’t care if it’s some president, or a king, if you give me [your] word, you have to answer for that.

“I will be surprised if that happens — if somebody fights [for the title] next, and not me. We’ll see, I didn’t talk with Dana, and I don’t know what he’s thinking. He knows better than me.

“In my mind, it should be me,” Chimaev continued. “I asked Hunter [Campbell] to let me fight at UFC 300, so we’ll see what they say.


While many feel Chimaev deserves to be next for the title shot, he is after all only ranked at 9th in the division. Additional speculation regarding an earlier than originally planned return for Israel Adesanya, following Du Plessis calling him out on Saturday, could add another enticing option to the middleweight title conversation.

Despite the UFC’s CEO deeming Chimaev versus Usman at UFC 294 a ‘title eliminator’ fight, meaning that “Borz” should be next in line, given White’s apparent interest in an Adesanya return, that fight could take priority.

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