UFC welterweight contender Stephen Thompson has asserted that the UFC pushing Khamzat Chimaev is a ‘slap within the face’ to established welterweight fighters.
Stephen Thompson disapproves of the UFC closely selling Khamzat Chimaev
Stephen Thompson famous that Khamzat Chimaev is now ranked No. 15 within the UFC welterweight division, and this is senseless as a result of Chimaev has solely crushed unranked opponents and has solely fought as soon as within the UFC welterweight division.
Moreover, Thompson famous that Chimaev’s solely win within the UFC welterweight division came to visit Rhys McKee, who has fought twice within the UFC and misplaced on every event.
Thompson added that McKee often fights at light-weight, thereby insinuating that Chimaev’s win over McKee shouldn’t be accorded a lot significance.
‘Wonderboy’ then expressed his disapproval of the truth that the No. 15 ranked Khamzat Chimaev has been booked to struggle the No. 3 ranked Leon Edwards. Chatting with MMA Junkie, Stephen Thompson acknowledged:
“I needed to struggle by assassin’s row to get to the place I’m at and so did Leon Edwards. He was on a (eight-fight) successful streak to get to the place he’s at. I needed to struggle a slew of fellows, I imply powerful opponents. Robert Whittaker, Jake Ellenberger, Rory McDonald, Johny Hendricks to get to the place I’m at, after which this man simply jumps previous everyone. I feel it’s a slap within the face to everyone who’s labored their butts off.”
Wonderboy believes the UFC is pushing Khamzat Chimaev as a Khabib Nurmagomedov inheritor
Stephen Thompson defined that preventing Khamzat Chimaev is a lose-lose scenario for Leon Edwards. Thompson famous that beating Chimaev received’t transfer Edwards up the rankings any larger or maybe the win would earn Edwards a title shot which he already deserves.
Thompson opined that the UFC welterweight division is a bit ‘loopy’ proper now. Moreover, the karate savant highlighted that Chimaev goes to be given a UFC welterweight title shot if he defeats Edwards.
Moreover, Stephen Thompson revealed that he had been questioning why the UFC has been selling Chimaev as strongly as they’ve. Thompson believes that this probably has to do with Khabib Nurmagomedov retiring from the game of MMA earlier this yr.
Stephen Thompson identified that each Khamzat Chimaev and Khabib Nurmagomedov are from the identical neck of the woods in Russia. Thompson prompt that the UFC is trying in direction of Chimaev to exchange Nurmagomedov as their star to please that market, and this explains why the UFC is pushing Chimaev a lot.
Stephen Thompson is about to face Geoff Neal in the principle occasion of UFC Vegas 17 on December nineteenth, 2020.
Revealed 12 Dec 2020, 05:54 IST