The unbeaten fighter is ready to fight in either the welterweight or middleweight division but claims that he hasn’t received any offers from the UFC. Chimaev has been preparing for fights in Dubai and Thailand, but none have come his way, leaving him confused and wondering why he should train so hard if there is no fight.
The 29-year-old has had just three fights in the past 19 months, whereas in 2020, he showed his skills by defeating three opponents in three months. Chimaev planned to headline UFC 279, but due to a weight cut resulting in him coming in 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit, Nate Diaz replaced him in the main event.
Chimaev managed a victory over Kevin Holland in a 180-pound catchweight co-main event, he has not had any bouts since. COVID-19 complications further delayed his career, causing him to miss a pair of bookings with Leon Edwards, who is now the UFC welterweight champion.
Chimaev’s a list of fighters he would like to face, including Edwards, Israel Adesanya, Kamaru Usman, Belal Muhammad, Colby Covington, and Robert Whittaker. Edwards responded to the tweet, declaring that anyone in the welterweight division is “light work,” but Chimaev replied by stating who the real king is.
Chimaev’s statements show his eagerness to get back in the ring and prove his worth as one of the most promising UFC fighters. He is ready to face anyone in either the welterweight or middleweight division and will be a formidable contender when he gets the chance to fight again.