Khamzat Chimaev Unhappy With Dana White for Not Delivering Promised Title Shot

UFC
January 24, 2024
Khamzat Chimaev wants the title shot that was allegedly promised to him by Dana White.

Chimaev moved up to middleweight this past October, welcoming Kamaru Usman to the division on short notice at UFC 294.

“Borz” went on to score a tightly-contested majority decision win over the former welterweight champ. While the outing marked only his third middleweight win under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner, the Chechen claims to have been guaranteed a title shot by the UFC CEO for his next outing.

Chimaev was expecting to face the winner of Sean Strickland vs. Dricus Du Plessis at UFC 297 on Saturday. However, Du Plessis called out Israel Adesanya after dethroning Strickland and “The Last Stylebender” has also expressed interest in that bout.

While “Borz” still hasn’t given up hope of fighting for the title next, he made clear that he isn’t happy with recent developments.

“They promised me after Usman fight, ’You will for sure going to fight for the title,' and I win that fight,” he told ESPN. “I don’t know what’s going on. I heard Dana White say stuff like ‘I don’t think Khamzat is next for the title.’ That’s bulls—t man.

“If you promised me something, you have to answer for your words. I’m the guy who always answers for my words, so I don’t care if it’s some president or somebody, like a king. If you give me your word, you have to answer for that. So, I grow up, when I give word, you have to answer for it… We’re doing that. I will be happy to answer for my words about killing them man, so we’ll see. Maybe in the USA it’s a different mentality.

“I don’t know. I will be surprised if that happens, if somebody fights [for the title] next that’s not me. So, we’ll see. I didn’t talk with Dana, I don’t know what he’s thinking, he knows better than me… For sure, in my mind, it should be me.”

Reference: https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Khamzat-Chimaev-Unhappy-With-Dana-White-for-Not-Delivering-Promised-Title-Shot-192386

More news

EVENTS / FIGHTS
Feb
24
2024
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 237
Moreno vs. Royval
Mar
2
2024
UFC
Fight Night 238
Mar
9
2024
UFC 299
O'Malley vs. Vera 2
Mar
16
2024
UFC Fight Night 239
Tuivasa vs. Tybura
Mar
23
2024
UFC on ESPN 53
Ribas vs. Namajunas
Feb
24
2024
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
PFL vs. Bellator Champs
Mar
7
2024
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
PFL Europe 1: 2024Regular Season
Jun
8
2024
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
PFL Europe 2: 2024 Regular Season
Sep
28
2024
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
PFL Europe 3: 2024 Playoffs
Mar
1
2024
ONE CHAMPIONSHIP
One 166: Qatar
Mar
8
2024
ONE CHAMPIONSHIP
One on Prime Video 20
Feb
24
2024
UFC FIGHT NIGHT 237
Moreno vs. Royval
Feb
24
2024
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
PFL vs. Bellator Champs
Mar
1
2024
ONE CHAMPIONSHIP
One 166: Qatar
Mar
2
2024
UFC
Fight Night 238
Mar
7
2024
PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
PFL Europe 1: 2024Regular Season