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Morning Report: Khamzat Chimaev not sure about title if he and Kamaru Usman win next fights: ‘The guy is scared of me’

The welterweight division will take center stage atop each of the UFC’s next two pay-per-view events.

UFC 278 takes place this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, where 170-pound pivot Kamaru Usman returns to look for a sixth consecutive title defense as well as a second victory over Leon “Rocky” Edwards. A win for the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ would also tie him with Anderson Silva for the longest winning streak in promotional history at 16.

Usman’s reign of terror over the weight class began in March 2019, winning the title from Tyron Woodley. At this point, the 35-year-old is “taking a round of the competition”, as he puts it, with Edwards scoring the third rematch of his title reign. As a result, Usman is now teasing the idea of ​​jumping as high as 205 pounds at light heavyweight in pursuit of a unique and unheard-of two-time champion status.

Despite having had as many rematches as he will have had after UFC 278, new contenders are emerging and the current name leading the charge is undefeated smashing machine Khamzat Chimaev. At No. 3 in the official UFC welterweight rankings, Chimaev will face Nate Diaz next month in the main event of UFC 279 where a title shot should surely await him after a win. However, “Borz” is not so sure.

“We’ll see,” Chimaev told TheMacLife. “If Kamaru wins the fight, I think it will take a long time for him to come back and maybe retire. I think the guy is scared of me. He always talks about maybe I finish, maybe I finish. I hope he wins the fight and I fight with him. But if he stays out for a long time, Jorge [Masvidal] start talking too much, maybe I should smash his face too.

Like Usman, Chimaev is also not averse to jumping in weight. The only difference is that the Swedish resident has done it before in his short five-fight UFC career.

Chimaev began his UFC career as a middleweight, working his way up to a dominating arce choke in the second round before essentially replicating that perfect performance in his next three fights at both heavyweight. welterweight and middleweight.

Despite never having fought Edwards, Chimaev found himself with the best perennial contender several times in 2021, only to have things fall apart each time. When evaluating this weekend’s fight, Chimaev gives Usman the 60/40 advantage and if he has to wait a bit after a presumed Usman win – plus his own over Diaz – he’s ready to stay. active at 185 lbs.

“Yeah, from that moment until the last time they met, they’re both completely different,” Chimaev said. “Kamaru is getting better at boxing and Leon is getting better at wrestling. It’s an interesting fight for me as well to watch this fight.

“I actually said to my manager, let me fight at 84 [kilograms] too, but he said let’s wait and focus on 170, get the belt and then go up. We’ll see. I am ready for everyone. When I said I could fight Brock Lesnar, it’s true, I can fight him. If they give me $1 million, no problem. Let’s fight whoever they want. Kamaru Usman, it doesn’t matter.

Results. DWCS Season 6: Week 4: Esteban Ribovics ends 5 contract night with faceplant KO

Regret. Dana White: ‘Big mistakes were made’ without re-signing Shane Burgos to UFC

Asterisks. Jose Aldo: TJ Dillashaw’s exploits in question after EPO suspension

Story. Demetrious Johnson recounts when Dana White called him an ‘asshole’ and UFC threatened to shut down flyweight division

Crossing. Michael ‘Venom’ Page praises Bellator for letting him compete in bare knuckle fight at BKFC

Consequences. Nate Landwehr Recounts Hospital Encounter With David Onama Hours After Crazy FOTY Win

Plot. Jorge Masvidal still welcomes Leon Edwards fight but doesn’t see him beating Kamaru Usman at UFC 278

Integrated 2.

Usman’s secret.

DC details Moreno.

Fanciful breakdown of UFC 278.

Cringing with Triple C.

Fighter against writer. MMA Fighting’s Damon Martin chats with Leon Edwards and Paige VanZant.

Damn morning. MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck explains what will happen if Leon Edwards upsets Kamaru Usman at UFC 278.

In effect.


Tyron the actor?

Champion time.


Oh man

Poor Mike.

Colby and Weezy.

Very generous.

Top Gun 3?

Thank you sir.

A real fruit ninja.

VanZant furious.

Alright, Paolo.


Swing and miss.

Crowd-pleasing knockouts.

GSP deep squattin’.

Andre Fili (21-9, 1 NC) against Bill Algeo (16-6); UFC Vegas 60, September 17

Ziam prices (12-4) against Michal Figlak (8-0); UFC Paris, September 3

Karol Rose (15-4) against Lina Lansberg (10-6); UFC 280, October 22

Mike Trizano (10-3) vs. Seung Woo Choi (10-5); UFC 281, November 12

Santiago Ponzinibbio (29-6) against Robbie Lawler (29-16, 1 NC); UFC 282, December 10

I don’t find the logic in Tito wanting a rematch from Chael, but damn it brings some quick hilarity.

Thanks for reading!


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