Michael Chiesa: No one is afraid of Khamzat Chimaev, the game is just not a “smart business”


Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is desperately trying to find the growing Khamzat Chimaev phenomenon as a meaningful fight at 170 or 185 pounds, but signing an opponent on the dotted line has been difficult.

Chimaev, who made his Octagon debut on “Fight Island” last July, took the MMA world by storm with three dominant wins. That includes his recent 17-second knockout of veteran middleweight Gerald Meerschaert a month ago (highlights HERE).

Considering Chimev’s success and the UFC wanting to push him up the ranks faster than anyone we’ve ever seen, potential opponents are turning away from the game. Most agree that Shimaev is the real deal, but with little to gain with a win over “Borz” no one wants to step in and fight him.


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