Alex Pereira: ‘Coward’ Khamzat Chimaev just wanted to get attention with post-UFC 276 legend

Alex Pereira was unimpressed with Khamzat Chimaev’s call after the biggest win of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career.

UFC 276 earlier this month (July 2, 2022) saw the Brazilian kickboxing sensation capitalize on a huge opportunity against the then No. 1. 4-ranked, Sean Strickland. Landing his patented left hook to score a first-round knockout (watch the highlights), Pereira appears to have lined up for his first MMA title shot against reigning middleweight pivot Israel Adesanya.

However, ‘Poatan’ immediately found himself in the crosshairs of one of the welterweight division’s top contenders, Chimaev, who reacted to the win by saying he wanted to fight Pereira.

“Look at this guy,” Pereira told MMA Fighting in response to Chimaev’s tweet. “I’m going to fight for the belt, it’s guaranteed. He wants attention. “Oh, I want to fight this guy.” He knows I’m the next contestant and he always says something like that. I would like to see [what he would do] if Dana White came out and said, ‘Alex, your shot on Adesanya is guaranteed but he wants some time to prepare, so fight that guy first because he wants to fight you. Your title shot is always guaranteed. Let’s see what he would say.

“[Chimaev] wants attention because he knows it doesn’t make sense,” he continued. “I’m going to go back and fight him when I’m already guaranteed for the belt? He wants attention, but he’ll have to take a number and go back to the line.

While Chimaev has fought at middleweight in his career – as recently as September 2020, knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in 16 seconds (watch highlights) – he has made it clear that his goal is to focus on welterweights.

Today (Tuesday, July 19, 2022), Chimaev announced his next fight, where he will face Nate Diaz on September 10, 2022, in the main event of UFC 279.

“These guys want to make a name for themselves [by talking]”, Pereira said. “If I wasn’t already going to fight for the belt and he said something like that, hats off to him. But the way he does it is a coward. He’s a coward looking for attention.

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