Screech by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC
The pinnacle prospect is struggling to fetch a high profile opponent. Khamzat Chimaev is calm persevering with to fight with getting an opponent.
The surging prospect quickly grew to modified into 3-0 in the UFC, and deserves a bigger title and a ranked foe subsequent, however he’s finding anguish getting that high profile opponent. The 26-12 months-used took to social media to insist his frustration and point to that the most modern fighter to claim no a contest is veteran UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman.
I will’t fetch Welterweight wrestle I’m going to birth out up calling out middleweight @danawhite @Mickmaynard2— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) October 9, 2020
I factual are desirous to let my followers know and the these that strengthen me the ufc offer me surprise boy and he turned it down at 170 and also chris Weidman at 185 who also turned it down. I’m coming for all people— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) October 9, 2020
The number 5 ranked welterweight in Stephen Thompson earlier outlined how it doesn’t impact sense for him to wrestle an unranked opponent at this stage of his career. That’s likely the identical reasoning for Weidman, who’s for the time being the number nine ranked middleweight.
As Michael Chiesa outlined, it’s no longer that fighters are in actual fact “afraid” of Chimaev. It’s factual no longer “neat substitute” to wrestle an unranked foe, as there’s very puny reward for taking on that much threat.
“If he beats me, he takes my put. If I beat him, they’re treasure, ‘Oh, it’s a flash in the pan.’ what I point out? I doubtlessly don’t pass up the rankings both. It’s treasure, dude, I’m looking out for to wrestle for a global title. You’ve got to complete neat substitute,” Chiesa outlined. “He beats a man and gets ranked? That’s a odd story.
“He beats a man, treasure a outmoded – let’s grunt, theoretically, he beats a ‘Wonderboy.’ Now, it’s profitable. Now, it’s treasure, ‘Hell yeah.’ Now, he’s confirmed he’s the right thing.”
Even supposing it’s no longer in actual fact how they discontinue substitute, the UFC can continually pay these ranked contenders a puny bit further, if they actually prefer Chimaev to wrestle a high 5-10 opponent subsequent. On story of otherwise, there’s in actual fact no longer much incentive for them to threat their put and face an unranked however equally unhealthy foe — particularly since rankings are on a frequent basis inclined in negotiations.
One other possibility will be to factual assign him in opposition to a fellow unranked opponent with a respectable title. You don’t toddle the talented however calm untested prospect too quickly, and a high profile beget discontinuance in opposition to a outmoded with title rate would support Chimaev enter the pinnacle 15. As soon as he’s there, other ranked fighters are more likely accept a bout with him.
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