Prior to UFC 273, Rising UFC welterweight prospect Rakhmonov was asked about his interest in fighting Khamzat Chimaev saying:
“I don’t know! It doesn’t really matter. Whoever they tell me to fight. If the rankings match right and the UFC makes that fight, I’m gonna do it without hesitation. But it’s not the right time to call him out, cuz he’s got an upcoming fight and might fight for a title potentially. The callouts are unnecessary now. Once I’ll get to him (in the rankings) we’ll fight!”
following the epic clash between Khamzat and burns at UFC 273 which “borz” scored unanimous decision win, Rakhmonov reacted on his Instagram saying (translated to English):
“Shavkat Rakhmonov not impressed with Khamzat Chimaev’s skills”
To which “Borz” hit back in the comment section:
“Who’s that chump?!”
Khamzat later deleted the post.
During a recent Q&A session with fans, Rakhmonov was asked about Chimaev’s statements, He replied:
“Let him say it to my face, not in comments, We’ll talk when we see each other. I’ve (got) nothing against him. We’re just opponents, and I’m not gonna insult him. I’m not gonna insult his family or nation. We’ll fight one day and then see who’s better.”
Rakhmonov was also asked whether he believes Chimaev truly doesn’t know who he is, the Kazakhstani replied:
“Surely, he does! How can he not know?! I’m the biggest fight for him! It’s not Burns or a title. We can fight in the cage or in the streets. If someone has something to tell, we can do it. If someone has ‘questions’ to me, we can do it anywhere.”
Would you like to see Khamzat vs Rakhmonov in a welterweight bout? and how it would play out?