Michael Chiesa: Khamzat Chimaev Is Legit But Not Smart Business For Ranked Welterweights

ChiesaMichael Chiesa understands why so many ranked fighters do not want to face Khamzat Chiamev. Chimaev has enjoyed a meteoric rise since debuting for the promotion in July and is currently 3-0 with dominant victories in each of his outings. His next goal is a ranked opponent, however, many fighters such as Stephen Thompson haven’t […]

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Michael Chiesa understands why so many ranked fighters do not want to face Khamzat Chiamev.

Chimaev has enjoyed a meteoric rise since debuting for the promotion in July and is currently 3-0 with dominant victories in each of his outings. His next goal is a ranked opponent, however, many fighters such as Stephen Thompson haven’t been receptive to the idea of fighting him, especially given that he is unranked at the moment.

While that has led to some observers claiming fighters are scared of the threat of Chimaev, Chiesa understands why so many are hesitant to face him. And it’s certainly not because they’re scared.

“Khamzat, from what I’ve seen, the guy is legit,” Chiesa said during media day on Wednesday. “… But you can see things from Wonderboy’s side too. He’s earned his spot, he’s put his time in, he’s fought for the title a few times. … Khamzat’s a tough fight for pretty much anybody at 170 pounds. Doesn’t mean he’s not beatable.”

Chiesa — who has been called out by Chimaev as well — went on to add that it’s all about timing and doing smart business.

“You’ve got to think about it like this,” Chiesa said. “He beats a guy, like a veteran – let’s say, hypothetically, he beats a ‘Wonderboy.’ Now, it’s lucrative. Now, it’s like, ‘hell yeah.’ Now, he’s proven he’s the real thing. … He beats me, he takes my spot. If I beat him, they’re like, ‘oh, it’s a flash in the pan.’ You know what I mean? I probably don’t move up the rankings either.

“It’s like, dude, I’m trying to fight for a world title. You’ve got to do smart business. … But the guy is legit. I respect his skills. I just don’t know if that’s the fight I want right now. He beats a guy and gets ranked? That’s a different story. I can see why all these guys don’t want to fight him. It’s not that they’re (scared). There’s not a guy on the roster that’s afraid of anybody. When someone says, ‘this Joe Schmo is afraid of John Smith?’ Like f*ck no. … This is also a business. You’ve got to do smart business.”

As for a return to action, Chiesa is targeting early 2021 after having a not-so-ideal surgery in July. And he is only looking ahead of himself in the rankings having last beaten Rafael dos Anjos back in January.

“The surgery did not go good,” Chiesa added. “I was on crutches for two months. I haven’t had sparring yet. Just in the last month, I’ve been able to get back rolling and stuff. I’m stilling have some issues but I’d like to think by January I could get in there.

“When you look at the landscape of the division, I’ve got to be on point for whoever I fight next. I’m looking ahead of me. I think I’m going to get a guy ahead of me by the way things are looking. I’ve got to be ready. I’ve got to be on point, 100 percent. That’s the main focus. It’s being healthy.”

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Alex Oliveira Offers To Fight Khamzat Chimaev: ‘I’m Right Here’

Oliveira ChimaevAlex Oliveira has offered to step up and face Khamzat Chimaev next. Chimaev has been on a tear ever since debuting for the promotion in July. His most recent outing was an impressive 17-second knockout of Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight bout last month. Given the nature of his wins, it’s clear to most that […]

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Alex Oliveira has offered to step up and face Khamzat Chimaev next.

Chimaev has been on a tear ever since debuting for the promotion in July. His most recent outing was an impressive 17-second knockout of Gerald Meerschaert in a middleweight bout last month.

Given the nature of his wins, it’s clear to most that Chimaev — who has competed at both welterweight and middleweight — is more than ready for a ranked opponent. However, he seems to be aiming too high at the moment as names such as Leon Edwards and Stephen Thompson aren’t interesting in facing him at the moment as he’s unranked.

What better way to further prove you belong with the ranked opponents than fight “Cowboy” Oliveira who has been in and out of the top 15? The Brazilian is certainly ready to compete.

“I’ll take the fight no one else wants,” Oliveira told MMA Junkie. “Chimaev, I’m ready for a fight at welterweight right now. I see you picking and choosing opponents. I’m right here.”

While Oliveira is currently not ranked in the top 15, he is certainly a big name in the division and would undoubtedly be the best opponent Chimaev would have faced.

He also notably holds wins over the likes of Carlos Condit, Max Griffin, Will Brooks, Tim Means and more and is currently on a two-fight winning streak.

“I’m itching to fight Chimaev,” Oliveira added. “If you want to pick and choose opponents, I’ll fight you.”

It remains to be seen if Chimaev would be interested in facing a non-ranked opponent, especially when other ranked opponents have also offered to step up and fight him such as Neil Magny.

However, Chimaev is looking to stay as active as possible and if Oliveira is ready to compete soon, he would certainly be an intriguing litmus test.

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Stephen Thompson Explains Refusal To Fight Khamzat Chimaev

#5-ranked UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson currently has no plans to agree to fight Khamzat Chimaev. Khamzat Chimaev is without question one of the biggest stories in MMA of 2020. When it comes to newcomers, he’s an uncontested #1 in terms of buzz gen…

#5-ranked UFC welterweight Stephen Thompson currently has no plans to agree to fight Khamzat Chimaev. Khamzat Chimaev is without question one of the biggest stories in MMA of 2020. When it comes to newcomers, he’s an uncontested #1 in terms of buzz generated and projected potential. This is so indisputable that three fights into his […]

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Praises Khamzat Chimaev

ChimaevIt’s not often a prospect enters the UFC and appears to be the unstoppable force that Khamzat Chimaev has proved to be, however, one fighter who can relate is the undefeated Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. During a recent virtual media day for his upcoming title defense at UFC 254 against the interim Lightweight champion Justin […]

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It’s not often a prospect enters the UFC and appears to be the unstoppable force that Khamzat Chimaev has proved to be, however, one fighter who can relate is the undefeated Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

During a recent virtual media day for his upcoming title defense at UFC 254 against the interim Lightweight champion Justin Gaethje, Nurmagomedov was asked his thought on Chimaev and if he believed the fighter was the “real deal”.

“Of course, he finish all his opponents you know.” Nurmagomedov responded. “You know its like, I think he deserve, Ali told me he’s going to fight with a tough opponent for five rounds in December. This is very interesting, this is very good attention you know, and good opportunity for him. And if he wins this fight then I believe next fight should be a contender fight.” Nurmagomedov elaborated.

Chimaev made headlines last month after being double-booked to face Gerald Meerschaelt at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley, and then to face grappling legend Demien Maia later in the year on fight island. Chimaev was able to make quick work of Meerschaelt impressively putting him away with the first punch of the fight. After this, it appeared Maia would not be Chimaev’s next opponent this saw the UFC attempt to match him up against multiple-time title challenger Steven Thompson.

Unfortunately for Chimaev, Thompson was not keen on the match up, instead asking to face fellow contender Leon Edwards. This saw Chimaev looking for a new opponent and fresh off his win over former champion Robbie Lawler, Neil Magny put his name forward to face the undefeated prospect. Since then the UFC has not made any mention of who Chimaev will be facing only that he will be fighting back in Las Vegas at the UFC Apex before the year it out.

Khamzat Chimaev Calls Out Israel Adesanya

Khamzat Chimaev has made a name for himself in quick fashion since debuting in the UFC this July. Following the middleweight title fight at UFC 253, Chimaev sent out a Tweet to Dana White, Sean Shelby, Mick Maynard, and the UFC stating he is ready for …

Khamzat Chimaev has made a name for himself in quick fashion since debuting in the UFC this July. Following the middleweight title fight at UFC 253, Chimaev sent out a Tweet to Dana White, Sean Shelby, Mick Maynard, and the UFC stating he is ready for a title fight against the champion. Chimaev’s Tweet is […]

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Stephen Thompson Not Interested In Fight Against Khamzat Chimaev

Thompson ChimaevEver since Khamzat Chimaev knocked out Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11, the UFC have been trying to book him against a ranked opponent. However, it seems that the task to find Chimaev an opponent is more difficult than it seems. The UFC already had a plan to book Chimaev vs Maia for Fight Island […]

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Ever since Khamzat Chimaev knocked out Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11, the UFC have been trying to book him against a ranked opponent. However, it seems that the task to find Chimaev an opponent is more difficult than it seems. The UFC already had a plan to book Chimaev vs Maia for Fight Island but it now seems that the fight fell through.

A report by Combate came out and said that the UFC are interested in booking Stephen Thompson vs Khamzat Chimaev for the main event slot on December 19, president Dana White came out and confirmed the fight has been offered to Wonderboy, “We’ve offered it to Wonderboy.” White also added that Wonderboy is interested in a fight against Leon Edwards, “Wonderboy wants to fight Leon Edwards.”

Reporter Ariel Helwani tweeted that the UFC were indeed interested in making that fight, between Thompson and Chimaev, happen in December but Wonderboy is not “interested” in it. Thompson has been looking to return to the octagon for the first time since his victory over Vicente Luque at Madison Square Garden in November, however it seems he is interested in someone ranked above him as he looks to try and earn a third title opportunity.

Khamzat Chimaev has been on a tear ever since his UFC debut at Fight Island 1, finishing all his opponents while jumping between the Welterweight division and the Middleweight division. Chimaev has been very vocal in trying to get a next fight, he even claimed he would stop both the Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and the Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. Chimaev has now called out Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Kamaru Usman, Israel Adesanya, Stephen Thompson and many more. The UFC now believe Chimaev is ready for a big step up in competition and are looking at giving him a main event slot in December.

Who do you think Chimaev should fight next?