Khabib Nurmagomedov, the UFC Hall of Famer who experienced multiple issues cutting weight during his storied MMA career recently criticized Khamzat Chimaev.
It was revealed by UFC President Dana White that Khamzat Chimaev was advised to discontinue cutting weight in the early morning hours on Friday, not long before he was scheduled to step on the scale for his UFC 279 main event with Nate Diaz. The weight miss not only put the main event in jeopardy but the entire event. Fortunately, UFC’s chief business officer Hunter Campbell was able to work with White, retooling a majority of the main card to save the event.
While speaking at an event hosted by the non-profit organization Human Appeal, Khabib Nurmagomedov suggested that the problem with Chimaev’s weight miss lies in ‘Borz’ not surrounding himself with other Muslims.
“If you are a Muslim, you should have good people around you – Muslims who can say: ‘Hey, don’t do this,’” Nurmagomedov said. “I recently watched the weigh-in of Khamzat Chimaev. I followed what was happening with his weight and looked at his team. There are no Muslims around him and this is very bad. Because if you are a Muslim, you need good, strong people around you. [They] will say: “Come back, do this.
“When you become famous and rich, when you gain power and [around you] there are no people who will give advice or you do not listen to them, then something will happen. You need good people, even if you don’t like it, you need them.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Own History of Weight Cutting Issues
Of course, one shouldn’t need to point out the irony in Khabib Nurmagomedov criticizing another fighter for missing weight. ‘The Eagle’ has had his own struggles cutting weight during his undefeated career. It was discussed on more than one occasion that Nurmagomedov would significantly deplete his body of hydration and nutrients in order to make the 170-pound weight limit.
Ahead of his UFC 254 bout with Justin Gaethje, Nurmagomedov struggled to make the championship weight limit. ‘The Eagle’ was also hospitalized hours before being scheduled to step on the scale for UFC 209 in one of his many scheduled outings with Tony Ferguson that never came to fruition. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s weight-cutting struggles stretch as far back as UFC 160 in May 2013 when he failed to make weight for a scheduled bout with Abel Trujillo.
Given the chaos that Chimaev’s weight miss caused, it appears that his days of fighting at welterweight may be over according to Dana White.
“Yeah, it’s a problem, it’s a problem that he missed weight,” White told reporters at the UFC 279 post-fight press conference. “We have to look at it and figure it out, but what makes sense is for him to fight at (185). So we’ll see.”