Daniel Cormier calls Khamzat Chimaev the biggest loser of UFC 278

Daniel Cormier called Khamzat Chimaev the biggest loser at UFC 278, where Leon Edwards knocked out Kamaru Usman to become the new welterweight champion.

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Cormier is one of only four two-time champions in UFC history. Now retired and in the UFC Hall of Fame, Cormier works as an analyst and commentator for the UFC. While breaking down Chimaev’s upcoming UFC main event against Nate Diaz on his show 3 rounds with DC!Cormier said (from 9:48):

“I think last weekend he didn’t realize he was the biggest loser in the Usman v Leon situation because he was in line. All he had to do was get past Diaz “All he had to do, pass Diaz, you fight for the championship, but with Leon Edwards winning now, we now have a trilogy and deservedly so.”

Cormier went on to question the goal of the next game between Chimaev and Diaz, adding:

“That begs the question, what is this fight for? I feel like for Diaz, this fight is for legacy. I feel like for Chimaev, it’s just another scalp on his CV because I don’t know if this victory necessarily puts him closer than he already is to a title fight. And, because of last weekend’s result, he will need one of I just wonder who this one more is going to come up against. If he beats Diaz, will he get Covington next?”

Watch Daniel Cormier’s full comments below.:

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Khamzat Chimaev and the welterweight title photo

UFC President Dana White has already announced that a trilogy with Kamaru Usman will likely be Leon Edwards’ first title defense. As Daniel Cormier said, the news delayed Khamzat Chimaev’s inevitable title shot.

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If Usman had emerged victorious at UFC 278, Khamzat would have been next, provided he defeated Nate Diaz. Edwards’ win threw a wrench in those plans, but Khamzat remains the most likely welterweight to receive a title shot after the trilogy.

A matchup with Covington, as Cormier suggested, could be next for Chimaev. Chimaev has called out Covington in the past, and especially if Edwards remains the champion, the two could face off to see who deserves the next title.

Edwards’ victory put the rest of the division’s title hopes on hold, as Usman is the most deserving opponent in his first title defense. Khamzat Chimaev must continue to mind business until the opportunity arises.

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