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Khamzat Chimaev says no one is safe at two weight classes amid pursuit of gold

Khamzat Chimaev has yet to find his match in the UFC cage and appears to have extended the challenges to fighters in two separate weight classes as the Chechen-born star plots his next move in his bid to become world champion. world.

Chimaev recently made light work of American fighter Kevin Holland in a hastily arranged fight due to his lack of dramatic weight ahead of a proposed welterweight main event with UFC icon Nate Diaz earlier this this month.

However, his error on the scales led to speculation that Chimaev’s time in the welterweight division could be coming to an end if he continues to struggle to hit the 170-pound weight limit.

Chimaev, however, has significant experience at middleweight, and even made his UFC debut in the 185-pound ranks against Welsh brawler John Phillips in Abu Dhabi a few summers ago – and judging by his last explosion on social networks, it’s a division he really feels at home.

The Chechen star appeared to be on course to claim the UFC welterweight title, but it was complicated by both his failure to make weight this month, as well as Leon Edwards’ win over former champion Kamaru Usman – a fight which will likely lead to a trilogy fight between the two with scores currently tied each.

However, any move to the upper echelon of the middleweight fold will also present its own set of challenges – not the least of which is champion Israel Adesanya, who remains undefeated at the weight class throughout his career.

But a potential entry point into the middleweight class could be former Brazilian title challenger Paulo Costa, the man who got embroiled in a heated showdown with Chimaev at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas. at the beginning of the month.

Costa has since taken credit, he said in an interview with MMA insider Ariel Helwani, for being the reason for Chimaev’s struggles on the ladder, insisting that “Borz” was become so distracted by their tense exchange that he had lost all concentration before his scheduled fight. with Diaz.

Of course, another potential option for Chimaev would be a welterweight fight against UFC firebrand Colby Covington; one of the only fighters on the presumed roster to have the grappling chops necessary to rival Chimaev on the mat.

But regardless of his next move, and whether it’s at 170lbs or 185lbs, Chimaev made one thing clear: no one is safe on his way to gold.

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