Roman Dolidze calls for fight with Khamzat Chimaev following TKO win over Jack Hermansson

roman dolidzeUFC middleweight prospect Roman Dolidze wants the most hyped contender in all of MMA next, Khamzat Chimaev, following a dominant stoppage victory over no. 8 ranked Jack Hermansson last night at UFC Orlando. Dolidze put on the performance of his career against Hermansson; once taken down in the opening round, he threatened Hermansson with a […]

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UFC middleweight prospect Roman Dolidze wants the most hyped contender in all of MMA next, Khamzat Chimaev, following a dominant stoppage victory over no. 8 ranked Jack Hermansson last night at UFC Orlando.

Dolidze put on the performance of his career against Hermansson; once taken down in the opening round, he threatened Hermansson with a guillotine choke, before securing a beautiful armbar sweep not long thereafter.

In round two, Dolidze would end up on his back again, only to attempt another armbar, later transitioning to an inverted triangle.

Next he’d lock up a reverse calf slicer, flattening Hermansson out on the mat as he pounded away en route to a TKO victory at 4:06 of round two.

The 34 year old Georgian talent took an opportunity to call out undefeated Khamzat Chimaev in his post-fight interview:

“I think if he will not do (fight) anymore at 170 (lbs), and he will be 185, he will need some ranked opponent. And I think it’s a good opportunity for him to go in top 10, and for me (it’s a) good opportunity for me to fight with a name like him one more time. I know this guy, he’s a good person and I also respect him like a fighter. That’s why I want to fight him, (he’s) like one of the best names in the game.

Dolidze continued: “He is very good wrestler, high level, but I’m also a very good, high level athlete.”

Roman Dolidze is now 12-1 as a professional with this victory, and he’s now on a four-fight win streak with three finishes.

Of those three finishes, the first two came via KO against Kyle Daukaus and Phil Hawes, before picking up this TKO victory last night, all three of which earned him Performance of the Night awards.

With this win, Dolidze should find himself inside the top 10 of the UFC’s middleweight division this coming week.

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Paulo Costa Finds Chimaev’s Callout Of Pereira Utterly Hilarious 

UFC middleweight Paulo Costa fancies Khamzat Chimaev’s chances against Alex Pereira but believes the matchup will never happen. Costa has in recent months established himself as one of Chimaev’s key agitators, with the duo almost having alm…

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Additional Ranked Middleweight Calls Out Khamzat Chimaev

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Glover Teixeira says Alex Pereira vs. Khamzat Chimaev middleweight title fight was ‘all talk’

Alex PereiraFormer UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Texeira says the talk of a middleweight title fight between new champion Alex Pereira and Khamzat Chimaev is nothing more than talk. Alex Pereira is less than a month removed from his jaw-dropping fifth-round knockout of former titleholder Israel Adesanya at UFC 281. Shortly after his win, rumors began […]

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Texeira says the talk of a middleweight title fight between new champion Alex Pereira and Khamzat Chimaev is nothing more than talk.

Alex Pereira is less than a month removed from his jaw-dropping fifth-round knockout of former titleholder Israel Adesanya at UFC 281. Shortly after his win, rumors began swirling that the Brazilian kickboxer would be making a shockingly short turnaround to defend his title at UFC 282 on December 10th. Of course, most of those rumors began thanks to a tweet by Chimaev claiming that he had accepted a fight with Pereira for the promotion’s final pay-per-view of the year.

Teixeira Confirms Alex Pereira vs. Khamzat Chimaev at Middleweight Was Never in the Cards

Appearing on ‘The MMA Hour‘ with Ariel Helwani, Alex Pereira’s teammate and cornerman Glover Teixeira decided to clear up some of the confusion, saying that much of the talk about a potential meeting between the two behemoths was nothing more than talk.

“This fight is all talk,” Teixeira said. “I usually don’t get into talk that doesn’t make any sense, but to light heavyweight, this guy says he accepted it. I remember Alex calling Jorge and saying, ‘Hey Jorge, let’s fight in Brazil.’

“I said, ‘What are you doing? You fight in Brazil? Your legs are hurt. You kicked so much, your shins are hurt. You haven’t recovered. Just chill for a while.’ And he’s like, ‘Yeah, but this guy’s talking, I’ll fight him at 205. I don’t want to cut the weight.’ I said, ‘Yeah, you can’t cut the weight.’ Alex is a very strong mind.”

Pereira did confirm that he had declined a fight with Chimaev at middleweight but agreed to meet the undefeated Chechen at 205 pounds in January when the UFC heads to Rio. Pereira claims that ‘Borz’ declined the compromise. Chimaev has since denied that he turned down a fight at the light heavyweight limit.

As for Glover Teixeira, he was originally scheduled to compete at UFC 282 next Saturday, running back his instant classic with Jiri Prochazka from UFC 275 in June. Unfortunately, Prochazka was forced to withdraw due to a shoulder injury that will require surgery. Facing a lengthy layoff, Prochazka vacated the 205-pound title which will now be on the line in the event’s new headlining bout, Jan Blachowicz vs. Magomed Ankalaev.

Kevin Holland will resign from the UFC if Khamzat Chimaev gets a middleweight title shot: “I understand business is business, but favoritism is favoritism.”

Kevin Holland‘Trailblazer’ Kevin Holland does not want to hear about a title shot for Khamzat Chimaev. The US-born Holland recently came out of his short-lived retirement to fight in the main event of UFC Fight Night this weekend against ‘Wonderboy’ Stephen Thompson. In his last bout, at UFC 279, Holland was defeated in a catchweight match […]

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‘Trailblazer’ Kevin Holland does not want to hear about a title shot for Khamzat Chimaev. The US-born Holland recently came out of his short-lived retirement to fight in the main event of UFC Fight Night this weekend against ‘Wonderboy’ Stephen Thompson.

In his last bout, at UFC 279, Holland was defeated in a catchweight match against MMA superstar Khamzat Chimaev. Ahead of this weekend’s main event showdown, the American ‘Trailblazer’ explained his point of view. He explained:

“If I wake up Sunday morning after beating ‘Wonderboy’ and you guys have [Khamzat Chimaev] fighting for a 185-pound world title, and he’s never won a fight at ’85 in the top 15, I’m retired. I understand business is business, but favoritism is favoritism. The kid missed weight. I had to step up and fight him after he missed weight to make the fight happen. I shouldn’t have had to do that.”

Kevin Holland is happy to retire once again. He continued:

“I did what I had to do. I did what I was supposed to do as a company man, so I’m sitting here telling you guys now: Certain things have to go certain ways. If they don’t go certain ways and we don’t get what we were promised, the things we talked about aren’t honored, you might as well give me my resignation papers and go home and smoke weed and play video games for the rest of my life.” [Transcript Courtesy of MMA Junkie]

See Holland’s entire talk below:

Khamzat Chimaev, Kevin Holland and UFC gold

Kevin Holland was on a two-fight win streak at welterweight when he was stopped by ‘Borz’ earlier this year in a catchweight bout. Chimaev is undefeated in MMA and has jumped between the welterweight and middleweight divisions. The Swedish-Russian fighter has recently been in a verbal spat with the UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira.

Kevin Holland explained that it simply would not make sense if Khamzat Chimaev got a title shot. Chimaev’s last win against a middleweight fighter was in 2020. Since then, he has won three bouts, two at welterweight and one at catchweight against Holland.

‘Trailblazer’ added:

“There’s just certain things that just don’t make sense. At the end of the day, if we’re here and we’re here to be fair and we’re here to be even, everyone should have a fair chance. We’re fighters. We fight for what we want. We should be able to fight off what we want. We should be able to get the same things if we’re fighting the same way. That’s just how I feel. But I’m not here to btch, I’m not here to complain. I’m just here to do what I feel is right and if I feel like something isn’t right, I will move the fck around, because that’s what I do.”

Alex Pereira calls out Khamzat Chimaev, touts defense in indigenous wrestling match

Alex PereiraRecently minted undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Alex Pereira has once again weighed up a potential fight against undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev – touting his own wrestling defense in the form of an indigenous wrestling match. Pereira, who recently claimed how he approached the UFC about potentially booking him against unbeaten wrestling ace, Chimaev atop […]

Alex Pereira

Recently minted undisputed UFC middleweight champion, Alex Pereira has once again weighed up a potential fight against undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev – touting his own wrestling defense in the form of an indigenous wrestling match.

Pereira, who recently claimed how he approached the UFC about potentially booking him against unbeaten wrestling ace, Chimaev atop January’s UFC 283 card in his native Brazil – offering to make the walk at the light heavyweight limit of 205lbs as to avoid a substantial weight cut for both on such short notice.

According to the Sao Paulo native, however, Chimaev rejected the offer to fight him in Rio de Janeiro – a claim the latter has since denied. 

For Chimaev, the AllStars MMA staple has been continuously linked with a title-eliminator at welterweight against former interim titleholder, Colby Covington, however, has yet to book his next UFC outing.

Last time out, Chimaev improved to 12-0 as a professional, defeating upcoming UFC Fight Night Orlando main event star, Kevin Holland with a dominant first round D’Arce choke win. 

Touting his own takedown defense as rumblings of a fight against Chimaev continue to take a foothold, Alex Pereira shared footage of himself taking part in an indigenous wrestling match – with the caption, “(Khamzat) Chimaev trying to take me down.”

In response to Pereira, Chimaev mocked the Brazilian striker’s defense, questioning “ this is your level?” among a slew of laughing face emojis. 

Alex Pereira is expected to rematch Israel Adesanya next

Winning the undisputed middleweight title earlier this month with a stunning fifth round standing TKO win over former titleholder, Israel Adesanya. In the time since his spectacular Madison Square Garden victory, Alex Pereira has welcomed an immediate title re-run with the Nigerian-Kiwi next. 

Pereira’s fifth round knockout win to land the middleweight title followed prior victories over Sean Strickland, Bruno Silva, and Andreas Michailidis during his short tenure under the Dana White-led UFC banner.