Daniel Cormier takes on Khamzat Chimaev’s UFC title shot claim

Chamzat Chimaev


Chamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev has a big welterweight fight coming up against Nate Diaz on September 10 at UFC 279, but Daniel Cormier believes “Borz” recently lost his spot in line for a shot at gold.

Chimaev is 11-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and is currently the No. 3 170-pound fighter per the the official ranking of the promotion.

Coupled with his classic all-time win over fellow welterweight champion Gilbert Burns and his destruction of Li Jingliang, Chimaev was seen by many as the next obvious choice to contend for the welterweight title should he get past Diaz.

But Leon Edwards dethroned longtime king Kamaru Usman earlier this month at UFC 278. And UFC President Dana White did Make clear The company will try to plan a trilogy fight between Usman and “Rocky” next.

Cormier said Chimaev was the “biggest loser” in the Edwards/Usman fallout

In a recent video for his Youtube channelCormier pointed out the position Chimaev is in now. Even if he knocks out Diaz yielded as one heavy misfithe will likely have to fight one more 170-pounder before he gets a shot at being UFC champion.

“I think he didn’t understand last weekend that he was the biggest loser in the situation between Usman and Leon because he was in line,” Cormier said via Daily mail. “He just had to get past Diaz. All he had to do was get past Diaz, you’re fighting for the championship but with Leon Edwards winning now we have a trilogy now and rightly so.

“That leads to the question: What is this fight for? I feel like for Diaz, this fight is for the legacy. I feel like this is just another scalp on Chimaev’s resume as I don’t know if this win will necessarily bring him closer to a championship fight than he already is.

“And based on last weekend’s result, he’s going to need another one. I’m just wondering who else this will be up against. If he beats Diaz, will he get Covington next?”

Usman said he took a “weight” off himself after the title loss

“The Nigerian Nightmare” was just a minute away from making his sixth straight title defense and breaking Anderson Silva’s record for all-time consecutive Octagon wins (16). However, Edwards shocked the world by landing a headbutt near the end of the fifth frame, KOing Usman.

Speaking to the media last week, White spoke about a conversation he had after the fight with The Nigerian Nightmare. And according to the UFC president, Usman felt a “weight” fall from his shoulders.

Still, the former champion is looking to get his belt back by taking on Edwards in an immediate rematch.

“We talked. He’s in great spirits,” White said via MMA junkie. “Obviously he really wants the rematch, but he said, ‘I can’t tell you how much weight was taken from me.’ There’s a lot of pressure that comes with the run he’s been on and tying and breaking Anderson’s record. All that stuff, there’s a lot of pressure. So he’s looking forward to the rematch.”

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