Khabib Nurmagomedov has some choice words for Khamzat Chimaev’s recent weight cutting failure ahead of UFC 279 last week.
Khamzat Chimaev (12-0) may have walked away from UFC 279 with another impressive win, but his reputation took a hit after he involved in an altercation with UFC fighter Kevin Holland and then missed weight by 7.5 pounds.
Speaking at a recent event hosted by the non-profit organization Human Appeal, former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov suggested that the problem with Chimaev’s weight miss lies in ‘Borz’ not surrounded by enough Muslims.
“If you are a Muslim, you should have good people around you – Muslims who can say: ‘Hey, don’t do this,’” Nurmagomedov said. “I recently watched the weigh-in of Khamzat Chimaev. I followed what was happening with his weight and looked at his team. There are no Muslims around him and this is very bad. Because if you are a Muslim, you need good, strong people around you. [They] will say: “Come back, do this.
“When you become famous and rich, when you gain power and [around you] there are no people who will give advice or you do not listen to them, then something will happen. You need good people, even if you don’t like it, you need them.”
Chimaev was unable to pass step one as he stepped on the scale at 178.5 for a bout that had a weight limit of 171 pounds. This resulted The UFC has completely shuffled the top three fights, with Borz repositioned in the co-main event against Kevin Holland, while Diaz faced Tony Ferguson in the main event.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has also missed weight by 2.5 pounds for his fight at UFC 160 in May 2013 for a scheduled bout against Abel Trujillo. and was hospitalized cutting weight before his scheduled weigh-in to face Ferguson at UFC 209 that never came to fruition.