Weight loss woes and bloodcurdling war cries: what next for Chechen UFC star Chimaev?

The Chechen star’s surge in the rankings may have hit its first roadblock at UFC 279

Khamzat Chimeav was on course for the biggest victory of his career at UFC 279 in Las Vegas last weekend, but missing weight on the eve of his contest with Nate Diaz saw him stripped of the main event, called a “scared rookie”, and drew considerable ire from UFC President Dana White.

The Chechen-born fighter finally turned in another dominating performance in a short-notice substitute fight, improving his unbeaten record to 12-0, but the deviation from the UFC script may well leave Chimaev with work to do to do to regain his momentum – and the UFC’s faith in him.


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