Chimaev was set to face Nate Diaz in the UFC 279 main event on Saturday night. Anticipation for the matchup escalated after a backstage brawl involving Chimaev, Diaz, Kevin Holland, and others that forced the pre-fight press conference cancelation.
Chimaev not only missed weight on Friday morning but also looked visibly indifferent about the miss. It was the first time in his career he had missed the welterweight limit, although he has had issues in the past with the cut to 170lbs.
Chimaev’s miss not only shocked the MMA world but also forced the promotion to scramble with what to do with the Diaz matchup, along with other fights on the card.
UFC Fighters Blast Khamzat Chimaev For UFC 279 Weight Miss
Here’s what Chimaev’s fighting colleagues had to say about him missing weight.
Chimaev is undefeated in his professional career. He most recently earned wins over Gilbert Burns and Li Jingliang in his UFC tenure.
Chimaev has fought at middleweight once before in a bout against Gerald Meerschaert in Sept. 2020. He has teased an eventual move back to 185lbs after making a run at the welterweight belt.
After Chimaev’s weight miss, it’s unclear what the UFC will do with him past this weekend. This almost certainly will push back his desire to compete for a welterweight title and solidifies a trilogy between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman happening for the next title fight.
Stay tuned right here on MMANews.com for further updates and developments on this weekend’s UFC 279 card.