Dana White Pumps Breaks On Khamzat Chimaev Title Aspirations

UFC President Dana White actually loves what Khamzat Chimaev brings to the table but doesn’t really feel, he has done enough to be the next challenger for the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Khamzat Chimaev Defeats Li Jingliang at UFC 267 photo 2

Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC) has defended the belt five times in a row and most recently defeated Colby Covington a second time, in their rematch this past Weekend at UFC 268. This has raised questions on who might possibly be capable of defeating the “Nigerian Nightmare”

Chimaev (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has been able to make a name for himself since joining the UFC and most recently defeated Li Jingliang at UFC 267 without a problem. Chimaev has only absorbed Just one significant strike going through four contenders but White doesn’t believe that makes him ready for a title shot.

“You’ve got some guys out there talking about Khamzat Chimaev that he’s ready for – he’s had four fights in the UFC,” White said at the UFC 268 post-fight news conference. “I get it: The dude is one of the coolest, baddest things we’ve ever seen and the way he rips through people. But once you break into the top 10, top five – not even talking about Usman – it’s a whole other game. He’s a couple of fights away. If he can beat a couple of guys in the top 10, top five, then we’ll see.”

Chimaev called out Nate Diaz after his victory at UFC 267 and White absolutely agrees with that.

White believes a fighter more deserving of a shot at the title is Leon Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who has gone 10 fights without a loss in the UFC. However, Edwards has to emerge victorious in his long awaited rematch with Jorge Masvidal (35-15 MMA, 12-8 UFC) at UFC 269.

“(Leon) has been waiting for a title shot for a long time, too,” White said. “He’s been in there (and) fought the fights we told him to do. He’s had a lot of bad luck. Things happen, but there’s always somebody.”

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