“A top 5 guy would definitely be interesting” – Khamzat Chimaev’s trainer Alan Nascimento on MW move

The UFC may not know exactly what’s next for Khamzat Chimaev, but the fighter’s jiu-jitsu coach Alan “Finfou” Nascimento has some ideas.

The promotion booked Chimaev to face Nate Diaz in a welterweight contest in the main event of UFC 279. Unfortunately, Chimaev didn’t come close to the 170-pound limit for this scrap. After weighing in at 178.5 pounds, the UFC shuffled the top three fights on the card and slid Chimaev into a 180-pound weight contest against Kevin Holland. Chimaev got through his opponent in this match, submitting Holland in 2:13.

After the pay-per-view fight card, UFC President Dana White offered his thoughts on Chimaev’s future.

“It’s a problem. It’s a problem that he missed weight,” White said of the rising star. sense is that he is fighting [185]. So we’ll see.

As for how Nascimento sees things? The fact that Chimaev missed weight and forced the reshuffle of the pay-per-view event the day before the card isn’t necessarily a barrier to his fighter competing for the UFC welterweight crown the next day. next time he sets foot in the octagon.

“The 170 division is a bit stuck because there will be a rematch,” said Nascimento mma fight, referring to the still unbooked but expected rematch between champ Leon Edwards and ex-champ Kamaru Usman. “Chimaev’s situation at 170 is that he is waiting for the fight or [serves as] a back-up fighter in case someone gets hurt. But, in case he goes up, a fight with a top 5 guy would definitely be interesting.

“We thought about going up, but we’ve already created a legacy at 170,” Nascimento added. “If we go up to 185, everything would have been for nothing, except for the experience. But the goal is to become champion. After mentioning [going up]we sat down with the whole team and decided to wait for the [welterweight division] settle so at least we have a title fight. If he wins, perfect, we move on to the next one. If he loses, we’ll go up.

UFC President Dana White recently softened his stance on Chimaev’s fight at welterweight, saying, “I’m in the ‘What does he want to do? Where does he want to be and what does he want to do? Does he want to make 170 and aim for the title at 170, or does he want to hit 185 and aim for the title there?

However, fans and the media should suspect that the UFC would be very reluctant to book Chimaev in another high profile welterweight fight – especially one where he would serve as the main event and need to make a championship weight of 170 – without first proving he can hit the welterweight mark on the scale.

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