Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov praises Khamzat Chimaev: ‘He deserves a top 10’ opponent

Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Khamzat Chimaev has been one of the brightest spots in the UFC this year. Making his debut in July, Chimaev submitted John Phillips at UFC Fight Island 1 and then turned around 10 days later to stop Rhys McKee with ground strikes at UFC Fight Island 3. The nature of his dominance, and his Russian heritage, immediately drew comparisons to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but after knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in just 17 seconds at UFC Vegas 1 last month, Chimaev made it clear that he didn’t want to be compared to the lightweight champion, he wanted to be his own man. Well it appears that Nurmagomedov didn’t take any offense to that and is just as impressed with Chimaev as the rest of the MMA world. Speaking at the UFC 254 Virtual Media Day, Nurmagomedov was asked his opinion on the UFC’s rising star and the lightweight champion was very complimentary of Chimaev, saying that he thinks Chimaev deserves a top-ranked opponent. “I don’t know what the UFC is going to do with him, about his next opponent, but in my opinion, I think he deserves a top 10, top 15 (opponent),” Khabib said. “In my opinion, it’s top 10. He deserves a fight with someone very tough opponent, like five rounds. Then, after this one, he deserves a contender fight. This is my opinion.” Chimaev was, in fact, supposed to have just that, actually. Heading into his fight with Meerschaert, Chimaev was also set to face sixth-ranked welterweight Demian Maia later this year. However, after his obliteration of Meerschaert, many fans questioned that matchmaking for Maia’s retirement fight. Now, instead, Dana White is targeting a five-round main event for Chimaev against a ranked opponent and Khabib thinks this is exactly what should happen for the budding star. “Of course (I’m a believer in Chimaev). He finishes all his opponents,” Khabib said. “I think he deserves. . . Ali told me he’s gonna fight - because we have the same manager - Ali told me he’s gonna fight with tough opponent, five rounds in December. This is very interesting. Main event in the UFC, this is very good attention. Good opportunity for him and if he wins this fight, next fight I think he deserves next fight a contender fight.” Chimaev is also of a similar mind, having called for fights with practically every big fighter at either welterweight and middleweight. A specific name has still not been announced but if Chimaev wins, he will only continue to add to an already historic 2020 campaign. Khabib, meanwhile, has his own fight to be concerned about. He will defend his lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 later this month, in Abu Dhabi. MUST-READ STORIES Results. Denise Kielholtz starches Kate Jackson in 43 seconds at Bellator 247. Future. Khabib Nurmagomedov unsure of future after Justin Gaethje, but Dana White has promised ‘something special’. Beef. Israel Adesanya fires back after Jon Jones tweets about Adesanya’s father: ‘Dead or alive, keep my family out of this’. Continued. Jon Jones responds to Israel Adesanya’s comments about his mother, reiterates challenge: ‘Are we still on for 2021?’. Coward. Justin Gaethje trashes ‘total coward’ Colby Covington: ‘As a man, I would love to slap him right across the face’. Rematch. Floyd Mayweather says ‘Conor McGregor can’t punch,’ open to $300 million payday for rematch. VIDEO STEW What the Heck. UFC 254 Media Day Livestream. Holly Holm interview with Brendan Fitzgerald. Top Five ONE Championship main events. Khamzat Chimaev wrestling. LISTEN UP UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Carlos Condit and Germaine de Randamie. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE LPP has spoken. You are the best light heavyweight in the world only if you play me in a UFC 4. https://t.co/2G8uADzF2N— Jan Blachowicz (@JanBlachowicz) October 1, 2020 These two. 12 years in the company but he’s been teasing a move up to heavy weight the last 7 years haha boi plz.Is he ready for heavyweight now? Is he really?— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) October 1, 2020 So Eugene will let you fight stipe but not me — BONY (@JonnyBones) October 1, 2020 My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard!Damn right. pic.twitter.com/PhEXN38S6D— Israel Adesanya (@stylebender) October 2, 2020 Just another reason why you would never beat me. No way my God would allow me to lose to a serpent like you https://t.co/QPeX4t29sD— BONY (@JonnyBones) October 2, 2020 Other beef. Hey @JohnMakdessi your time ⏳ is running. You are 35 years OLD what you are waiting for ? No where to hide and . Let’s do this already @seanshelby @AliAbdelaziz00— Nasrat Haqparast (@Nasrat_mma) October 1, 2020 If you talk shit you need to back it up. @JohnMakdessi you lost your balls? Where is the FIGHTER in you ???— Nasrat Haqparast (@Nasrat_mma) October 1, 2020 that’s why you came to Montreal to Tristar and that’s why you were my warm up sparring partner and that’s why you pulled out of the fight when I got

Morning Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov praises Khamzat Chimaev: ‘He deserves a top 10’ opponent
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Khamzat Chimaev has been one of the brightest spots in the UFC this year. Making his debut in July, Chimaev submitted John Phillips at UFC Fight Island 1 and then turned around 10 days later to stop Rhys McKee with ground strikes at UFC Fight Island 3. The nature of his dominance, and his Russian heritage, immediately drew comparisons to UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but after knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in just 17 seconds at UFC Vegas 1 last month, Chimaev made it clear that he didn’t want to be compared to the lightweight champion, he wanted to be his own man. Well it appears that Nurmagomedov didn’t take any offense to that and is just as impressed with Chimaev as the rest of the MMA world.

Speaking at the UFC 254 Virtual Media Day, Nurmagomedov was asked his opinion on the UFC’s rising star and the lightweight champion was very complimentary of Chimaev, saying that he thinks Chimaev deserves a top-ranked opponent.

“I don’t know what the UFC is going to do with him, about his next opponent, but in my opinion, I think he deserves a top 10, top 15 (opponent),” Khabib said. “In my opinion, it’s top 10. He deserves a fight with someone very tough opponent, like five rounds. Then, after this one, he deserves a contender fight. This is my opinion.”

Chimaev was, in fact, supposed to have just that, actually. Heading into his fight with Meerschaert, Chimaev was also set to face sixth-ranked welterweight Demian Maia later this year. However, after his obliteration of Meerschaert, many fans questioned that matchmaking for Maia’s retirement fight. Now, instead, Dana White is targeting a five-round main event for Chimaev against a ranked opponent and Khabib thinks this is exactly what should happen for the budding star.

“Of course (I’m a believer in Chimaev). He finishes all his opponents,” Khabib said. “I think he deserves. . . Ali told me he’s gonna fight - because we have the same manager - Ali told me he’s gonna fight with tough opponent, five rounds in December. This is very interesting. Main event in the UFC, this is very good attention. Good opportunity for him and if he wins this fight, next fight I think he deserves next fight a contender fight.”

Chimaev is also of a similar mind, having called for fights with practically every big fighter at either welterweight and middleweight. A specific name has still not been announced but if Chimaev wins, he will only continue to add to an already historic 2020 campaign.

Khabib, meanwhile, has his own fight to be concerned about. He will defend his lightweight title against interim champion Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 later this month, in Abu Dhabi.


MUST-READ STORIES

Results. Denise Kielholtz starches Kate Jackson in 43 seconds at Bellator 247.

Future. Khabib Nurmagomedov unsure of future after Justin Gaethje, but Dana White has promised ‘something special’.

Beef. Israel Adesanya fires back after Jon Jones tweets about Adesanya’s father: ‘Dead or alive, keep my family out of this’.

Continued. Jon Jones responds to Israel Adesanya’s comments about his mother, reiterates challenge: ‘Are we still on for 2021?’.

Coward. Justin Gaethje trashes ‘total coward’ Colby Covington: ‘As a man, I would love to slap him right across the face’.

Rematch. Floyd Mayweather says ‘Conor McGregor can’t punch,’ open to $300 million payday for rematch.


VIDEO STEW

What the Heck.

UFC 254 Media Day Livestream.

Holly Holm interview with Brendan Fitzgerald.

Top Five ONE Championship main events.

Khamzat Chimaev wrestling.


LISTEN UP

UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Carlos Condit and Germaine de Randamie.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

LPP has spoken.

These two.

Other beef.

Soon to be farewell.

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Forever a samurai. But soon we will put the blade to rest. After discussions and careful consideration with my family, it has been decided that my next fight @bellatormma will be my last. To be fought at a catch weight of 175lbs. Opponent and location to be confirmed. Health before Wealth, and NEVER COMPROMISE YOURSELF.

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Torn ACL.

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Too long, didn’t watch- turns out I tore my ACL in camp, injured it more in my fight and now I need surgery. See you mid 2021 UFC fans ❣️

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Call out.

Werdum has plans.

Back at it.

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Para desespero de alguns, estou mais empenhado do que nunca !

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

(17-6-1) vs. (12-0); UFC Fight Night, Nov. 7.

(7-4) vs. Don’Tale Mayes (14-5); UFC Fight Night, Nov. 7.


FINAL THOUGHTS

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC has once again slimmed down the roster after releasing four more fighters. Mara Romero Borella, Iuri Alcantara, Jeff Hughes and Khadis Ibragimov have all been released from the UFC with all four coming off losses. UFC officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday. Alcantara was once considered a promising prospect in the UFC after he joined the promotion off a stunning first round knockout against Ricardo Lamas in WEC. Once he was part of the UFC roster, Alcantara picked up impressive wins over Illarde Santos, Wilson Reis, Brad Pickett and Luke Sanders. He hasn’t appeared in the UFC since 2018 when he lost a ‘Fight of the Night’ against Cory Sandhagen, which dropped his record to 1-3 in his final four bouts with the promotion. Borella ended her run with the UFC after going 2-5 over seven fight. Following a win in her octagon debut with a submission over Kalindra Faira, Borella struggled to find any consistency while dropping her final four fights in a row including losses to Lauren Murphy and Montana De La Rosa. Meanwhile, Hughes exits the UFC with a 0-3 record with one no contest from a fight against Todd Duffee in 2019. A longtime training partner of heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, Hughes earned his contract with a win on Dana White’s Contender Series but he failed to match that same success in the UFC after suffering losses to Maurice Greene, Raphael Pessoa and most recently a submission defeat to Ultimate Fighter winner Juan Espino. Finally, Ibragimov was released from the UFC after suffering four straight losses in his only fights with the promotion. Ibragimov came into the UFC with an undefeated record but he never tasted victory inside the octagon with his most recent defeat coming by unanimous decision to Danilo Marques at UFC 253.

Mara Romero Borella, Iuri Alcantara, Jeff Hughes and Khadis Ibragimov released by UFC
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The UFC has once again slimmed down the roster after releasing four more fighters.

Mara Romero Borella, Iuri Alcantara, Jeff Hughes and Khadis Ibragimov have all been released from the UFC with all four coming off losses.

UFC officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Thursday.

Alcantara was once considered a promising prospect in the UFC after he joined the promotion off a stunning first round knockout against Ricardo Lamas in WEC. Once he was part of the UFC roster, Alcantara picked up impressive wins over Illarde Santos, Wilson Reis, Brad Pickett and Luke Sanders.

He hasn’t appeared in the UFC since 2018 when he lost a ‘Fight of the Night’ against Cory Sandhagen, which dropped his record to 1-3 in his final four bouts with the promotion.

Borella ended her run with the UFC after going 2-5 over seven fight. Following a win in her octagon debut with a submission over Kalindra Faira, Borella struggled to find any consistency while dropping her final four fights in a row including losses to Lauren Murphy and Montana De La Rosa.

Meanwhile, Hughes exits the UFC with a 0-3 record with one no contest from a fight against Todd Duffee in 2019. A longtime training partner of heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, Hughes earned his contract with a win on Dana White’s Contender Series but he failed to match that same success in the UFC after suffering losses to Maurice Greene, Raphael Pessoa and most recently a submission defeat to Ultimate Fighter winner Juan Espino.

Finally, Ibragimov was released from the UFC after suffering four straight losses in his only fights with the promotion. Ibragimov came into the UFC with an undefeated record but he never tasted victory inside the octagon with his most recent defeat coming by unanimous decision to Danilo Marques at UFC 253.

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