Khamzat Chimaev tells Stephen Thompson, ‘leave Leon Edwards alone,’ issues own challenge

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Khamzat Chimaev decided to step on Stephen Thompson’s first ever social media callout on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, “Wonderboy” doubled down on his interest to face Leon Edwards via Twitter, a request he made in a recent interview with MMA Fighting. All due respect @Leon_edwardsmma , which I have a lot of for you, I have been saying I would like to fight you for a while now! It makes sense and would be a great match up.I think that was my first Twitter call out ever. man that felt weird. #FirstTimeForEverything— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) September 22, 2020 Around 10 hours later, the undefeated Chimaev, days after his impressive 17-second knockout win over Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11, called an audible by challenging Thompson to a fight instead. We fighting next lets go leave Leon alone https://t.co/iltFiK7Nrm— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) September 22, 2020 Chimaev has burst onto the UFC scene with three finishes in a 66-day span. “Borz” finished John Phillips with a D’arce choke in the second round of his octagon debut at UFC on ESPN 13 in July before turning around 11 days later with a first-round TKO win over Rhys McKee. The 26-year-old earned his third straight performance bonus following his one-punch KO over a 44-fight veteran in Meerschaert. Although tentatively on the books per UFC President Dana White, a matchup between Chimaev and former title challenger Demian Maia was being targeted for November. But as of now, the fight is not yet signed, and White said it’s possible the prospect could even be booked for another fight before Maia. Thompson, meanwhile, is looking to return to action for the first time since a unanimous decision win over Vicente Luque at UFC 244 in November. When speaking with MMA Fighting, he said Chimaev is certainly on his radar as the standout continues his meteoric rise in both the middleweight and welterweight divisions. “He’s definitely a tough dude and someone you have to keep your eye on for sure—somebody like me, especially,” said Thompson.

Khamzat Chimaev tells Stephen Thompson,  ‘leave Leon Edwards alone,’ issues own challenge
Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Khamzat Chimaev decided to step on Stephen Thompson’s first ever social media callout on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, “Wonderboy” doubled down on his interest to face Leon Edwards via Twitter, a request he made in a recent interview with MMA Fighting.

Around 10 hours later, the undefeated Chimaev, days after his impressive 17-second knockout win over Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11, called an audible by challenging Thompson to a fight instead.

Chimaev has burst onto the UFC scene with three finishes in a 66-day span. “Borz” finished John Phillips with a D’arce choke in the second round of his octagon debut at UFC on ESPN 13 in July before turning around 11 days later with a first-round TKO win over Rhys McKee. The 26-year-old earned his third straight performance bonus following his one-punch KO over a 44-fight veteran in Meerschaert.

Although tentatively on the books per UFC President Dana White, a matchup between Chimaev and former title challenger Demian Maia was being targeted for November. But as of now, the fight is not yet signed, and White said it’s possible the prospect could even be booked for another fight before Maia.

Thompson, meanwhile, is looking to return to action for the first time since a unanimous decision win over Vicente Luque at UFC 244 in November. When speaking with MMA Fighting, he said Chimaev is certainly on his radar as the standout continues his meteoric rise in both the middleweight and welterweight divisions.

“He’s definitely a tough dude and someone you have to keep your eye on for sure—somebody like me, especially,” said Thompson.

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Israel Adesanya still hasn’t watched ‘rat lip’ Khamzat Chimaev fight yet in the UFC

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is always keeping his eye on contenders coming for his title but he still hasn’t had a chance to take a look at the latest superstar gunning for the gold. Undefeated prospect Khamzat Chimaev has made quite a splash since first arriving in the UFC in July when he competed in back-to-back fights inside 10 days while picking up a pair of dominant victories. He followed that up with a stunning 17-second, one-punch knockout at UFC Vegas 11 when Chimaev planted Gerald Meerschaert on the mat at UFC Vegas 11. While Chimaev is actually a natural welterweight, he’s now 2-0 at 185 pounds in the UFC and he’s specifically mentioned that he believes a fight with Adesanya would be an easy night at the office for him. “If I do my hard work, nobody’s a challenge for,” Chimaev said when asked about Adesanaya and UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman at the UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference. “I’m going to stop both guys.” For his part, Adesanya hasn’t seen any of Chimaev’s three performances in the UFC and it appears he’s not losing any sleep over the potential matchup until he sees the Chechen born fighter beat some top competition first. “I don’t even know the guy,” Adesanya said during an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I haven’t seen his fights yet but I know I just saw the presser and he was on ‘Cowboy’ [Donald Cerrone] and everyone just talking sh*t. “He’s just casting his net. It is what he’s doing. I haven’t actually seen him fight yet.” Adesanya hasn’t watched Chimaev yet but his manager Tim Simpson was in the same room with him during the interview and he gave his opinion to “The Last Stylebender.” “Have you seen him fight? The rat lip?” Adesanya said to his manager. “Tim said he might have fought lower level of competition so far. That’s what Tim said. Fair enough. I’ll see him fight probably this weekend and I’ll make my assessment. So he thinks I’m an easy fight? That’s interesting. Everybody does this when they’re coming up [just talking] casting a wide net. Keep casting.” Since first arriving in the promotion, UFC president Dana White has called Chimaev the most “special” athlete he’s seen in 20-plus years in combat sports. Considering Chimaev’s attitude with fighting as often as possible, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he eventually crosses paths with Adesanya inside or outside the octagon.

Israel Adesanya still hasn’t watched ‘rat lip’ Khamzat Chimaev fight yet in the UFC
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is always keeping his eye on contenders coming for his title but he still hasn’t had a chance to take a look at the latest superstar gunning for the gold.

Undefeated prospect Khamzat Chimaev has made quite a splash since first arriving in the UFC in July when he competed in back-to-back fights inside 10 days while picking up a pair of dominant victories. He followed that up with a stunning 17-second, one-punch knockout at UFC Vegas 11 when Chimaev planted Gerald Meerschaert on the mat at UFC Vegas 11.

While Chimaev is actually a natural welterweight, he’s now 2-0 at 185 pounds in the UFC and he’s specifically mentioned that he believes a fight with Adesanya would be an easy night at the office for him.

“If I do my hard work, nobody’s a challenge for,” Chimaev said when asked about Adesanaya and UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman at the UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference. “I’m going to stop both guys.”

For his part, Adesanya hasn’t seen any of Chimaev’s three performances in the UFC and it appears he’s not losing any sleep over the potential matchup until he sees the Chechen born fighter beat some top competition first.

“I don’t even know the guy,” Adesanya said during an interview with Yahoo! Sports. “I haven’t seen his fights yet but I know I just saw the presser and he was on ‘Cowboy’ [Donald Cerrone] and everyone just talking sh*t.

“He’s just casting his net. It is what he’s doing. I haven’t actually seen him fight yet.”

Adesanya hasn’t watched Chimaev yet but his manager Tim Simpson was in the same room with him during the interview and he gave his opinion to “The Last Stylebender.”

“Have you seen him fight? The rat lip?” Adesanya said to his manager. “Tim said he might have fought lower level of competition so far. That’s what Tim said. Fair enough. I’ll see him fight probably this weekend and I’ll make my assessment. So he thinks I’m an easy fight? That’s interesting. Everybody does this when they’re coming up [just talking] casting a wide net. Keep casting.”

Since first arriving in the promotion, UFC president Dana White has called Chimaev the most “special” athlete he’s seen in 20-plus years in combat sports.

Considering Chimaev’s attitude with fighting as often as possible, it seems like it’s only a matter of time before he eventually crosses paths with Adesanya inside or outside the octagon.

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