Dana White is still reeling over the performance Khamzat Chimaev put on at UFC 279.
There was much to be said about the UFC 279 event and what went down that led to the opponent switches. Khamzat Chimaev missing weight sent the entire card into a whirlwind but in the end, the fighters did not disappoint. The original plan was for Nate Diaz to face Chimaev in his final UFC bout but the failure to make weight sent Chimaev to face Kevin Holland. The result was a quick first-round submission choke by Chimaev. After the fact, Dana White seems glad that Diaz and Chimaev didn’t fight after all. He spoke about how he felt that fight would have gone down and how impressed he was with Chimaev’s performance.
Dana White feels that a fight between Nate Diaz and Khamzat Chimaev would not have ended well for Diaz
“After you watch the fight you realize Khamzat versus Nate Diaz would have been, that wouldn’t have been good. Khamzat, you know, I know the fans got pissed at him for not making weight and everything else but Jesus f–king Christ,” White said on The Action Junkeez Podcast. “What he went out and did to Kevin Holland. Did you see Kevin Holland post a picture the other day that his eyes were all red from the f–king choke?”
White has been high on Chimaev since the beginning of his UFC run and it seems that despite the missed weight, he still is riding the Chimaev wave. The win over Holland at UFC 279 should have put Chimaev in a solid place in the middleweight ranking but since it was not an official middleweight but, it was catchweight, he remains at number three in the welterweight division. It seems that Chiamev intends to move between the two divisions but has recently sent out a Tweet with only the number “185.”
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— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) September 23, 2022
White also mentioned that he doesn’t see any fighter who can run through Chimaev at either weight. There are title fights set right now at both 170 and 185 pounds, but Chimaev could easily be next for either champion come next year if he doesn’t take another fight before then.