Conor McGregor was the target of criticism after expressing his intent to challenge Kamaru Usman for the UFC’s welterweight title in his return to the Octagon and Khamzat Chimaev is the last UFC star to speak out.
“Myself versus Usman for the 170-pound title in my comeback fight is the one I’m eyeballing at the minute, Why cut the weight? I’ve already won the 155-pound title. I got myself to a lightweight frame, but you know, I’m big now. I feel big. I feel strong. I feel healthy. I’ve got good energy. I’m coming back from a gruesome injury. I don’t want to be depleting myself. There should be no need to deplete myself.” – McGregor revealed in an interview on his YouTube channel TheMacLife.
Undefeated UFC standout Khamzat Chimaev is preparing to face one of the division’s top fighters in Gilbert Burns. The fight planned for April 9 saw Chimaev’s opponent completely change his training routine from a decorated forward to a dangerous wrestler. As one of the hottest prospects in the welterweight division, a win for Chimaev would skyrocket him into title contention.
Chimaev (10-0-0 ) is hyped for the fight and has promised a first-round finish after both fighters exchanged words on social media. However, the recent comments by McGregor triggered the Swedish star. In a recent interview, he revealed his dissatisfaction with the imposing nature of McGregor and the UFC’s choice of celebrity over capability.
“If he wanna be back, if he need some help then, we’re here. If he wanna fight Usman, I think it maybe can happen because the guy is so famous,” Chimaev said in an interview on The MMA Hour. “They can make money, good money, both. That’s why if they wanna fight, both, I think the UFC wanna make it.”
“When I finish Gilbert Burns, I think I am the next for title,” Chimaev continued. “But this is the business. Who’s the famous, makes more money, they choose them. I understand that, but we’ll see what’s gonna happen. If he wanna come and train with us, he’s welcome.”
The Road Back
McGregor’s (22-6) last fight ended in the first round when he broke his left leg. He had surgery the same month and has been healing ever since. He has continued to show his interest in a title fight when he gets back to the promotion, a decision that brought dissatisfaction to the hearts of many fighters. Dana White has not helped the scenario as he has been tactful and equivocal on the former champion’s next fight.
Gilbert Burns is ranked second in the welterweight division. His latest win against Stephen Thompson ensured he bounced back from his championship defeat to Kamaru Usman. He indicated his interest in coming back for the belt while a win for either side would turn them into favorites for the title shot.
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