UFC President Dana White has discovered his rapid plans for Khamzat Chimaev, arguably the hottest prospect in the UFC at current.
Chimaev was the breakout star of the UFC’s 4-event stint on Battle Island in Abu Dhabi this previous July, buying up a pair of stoppage wins about John Phillips at middleweight and Rhys McKee at welterweight in the span of much less than two months. At any time given that, combat followers have been dying to know what will be upcoming for him.
In accordance to White, the promotion is performing on a struggle for Chimaev on September 19 at the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas. If he wins that, they’re hoping to pair him up with BJJ ace and longtime welterweight contender Demian Maia when the advertising returns to Struggle Island afterwards this calendar year. That bout would be the Sweden-based mostly Dagestani’s to start with with a ranked foe. It could also provide as Maia’s retirement combat, as he’s not too long ago been flirting with the plan of hanging up his gloves.
“He’ll fight below and he’ll fight on Combat Island,” White stated of Chimaev following Friday’s UFC Vegas 9 weigh-ins concluded (by using MMA Preventing). “This guy wishes to—I really like that. I like that mentality.”
“We’re doing the job on struggle for him in this article [in Las Vegas], that is however currently being worked,” White reported. “But we’re chatting about him and Demian Maia on Combat Island.”
When White did not disclose who the UFC is preparing to match Chimaev up with on September 19, Brazilian publication Combate is reporting he’ll be matched up with Gerald Meerschaert.
Dana White disse que está negociando Demian Maia x Khamzat Chimaev pra Ilha da Luta, mas que antes o russo vai lutar em Las Vegas. Pelo que apurei, o UFC negocia para Chimaev enfrentar Gerald Meerschaert no card do dia 19 de setembro, pelo peso-médio (até 84kg). #feedmma
— Raphael Marinho (@raphamarinho) September 4, 2020
Khamzat Chimaev is currently a fantastic 8- as a specialist combined martial artist, and is seen by numerous as a potential champion at equally welterweight and middleweight.
Do you believe tremendous prospect is able of getting by each Gerald Meerschaert and Demian Maia just before the 12 months has come to an close?