- Khamzat Chimaev talked about the negative feedback from the fans of his missed weight at UFC 279
- “Borz” insists that he could still go down to 170
Being a great fighter is one thing and being a consistent weight-cutter is definitely another. In the case of Khamzat Chimaev, he terribly failed to become the latter at UFC 279.
Chimaev was expected to weigh 170 when he stepped on the scale but missed by a whopping 7.5 pounds. It resulted in an unwanted shake-up in the main card and a massive fan backlash as well for “Borz.” Nevertheless, a confident Chimaev showed up at the post-fight news press conference to firmly address the issue.
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“Borz” just doesn’t give af
As expected, the Chechen fighter tackled the negative feedback from the fans head on, and pointed out that he doesn’t care about what people say.
“You care about that sh*t? I don’t care,” Chimaev said when asked about the fan reaction at the UFC 279 post-fight press conference. “I care about my family. I care about my career. I care about my money. … One day they’re with me, one day they’re not with me.
As for his fans, Chimaev let them know that he’s only riding with the real and certainly not with the fake.
“So, I’m real, guys,” he declared. “So, I like the people that are real. Not fake people going one way or going the other way.”
Is 170 still possible?
In the shuffled UFC 279 main card, Chimaev took on and finished middleweight Kevin Holland in a 180-pound catchweight bout. When asked if he could still go down to his original weight class at welterweight, “Borz” confidently replied “of course” outright.
“Of course, I did that before, why not?” Chimaev said of returning to welterweight division. “We’ll see, I have to go back and listen to my coach. If he says 170, we go 170. If he says heavyweight, we go to heavyweight… I’ll do my training camp, train hard and never stop. After tomorrow, I’m going back and directly going to the gym. I have nothing to do, only gym. It’s my life.”
Undeniably, Chimaev caused a stir at UFC 279. Fortunately for him, he still managed to win. After all said and done, the question now is what’s next for “Borz?” Let’s wait and see.