- Michael Bisping shared his take on Khamzat Chimaev’s future after missing weight at UFC 279
- “The Count” suggests that “Borz” could still be the best fighter in his division as it already once happened to Khabib Nurmagomedov
After causing a stir at UFC 279 for missing weight, Khamzat Chimaev is being urged by many to quit welterweight and return to middleweight instead. However, former 185-pound division champ Michael Bisping thinks it’s a bit too early to say that, comparing the Chechen fighter’s situation to that of Khabib Nurmagomedov’s in the past.
Missed weights happen
According to “The Count,” missing weight is not as bad as it seemed to be. For Bisping, moving up a weight class for massively missing weight is not really necessary. In fact, Nurmagomedov dealt with it “four times” during his time in the UFC but he still wound up being the lightweight champion and arguably the GOAT.
“He missed weight at the weekend very very badly, he came in at 7 point something pounds over and a lot of people are saying that he needs to be forced to move up to middle weight but I don’t necessarily think so,” Bisping said on his YouTube channel.
“Listen, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the lightweight GOAT, some people have him as the greatest of all time, the actual GOAT, he missed weight or was forced to stop cutting weight four times. Four times. And still became the lightweight champ, still became the lightweight GOAT, the potential GOAT,” he continued.
It’s just unfair
Bisping added that it would be unfair for Chimaev to be prompted to move up, especially when he’s one of the top 5 guys in the welterweight division.
“The fact that Khamzat came in and missed weight one time, to be making all those statements so far, it’s not really fair if you compare him to Khabib Nurmagomedov… people make mistakes,” he added.
Is Chimaev’s time with the 170-pound division nearing its end? Let’s wait and see.