Although he had a truly phenomenal performance against Kevin Holland on Saturday, Khamzat Chimaev weighed heavily before the match with Diaz, which forced the UFC to reshuffle the card, thus "dirtying" that victory. Khamzat Chimaev disappointed many with his unprofessionalism related to his unsuccessful weight loss ahead of the UFC 279 event.
7.5 pounds Chimaev was above the upper limit of the welterweight category and totally jeopardized his match against Nate Diaz. "Borz" achieved his twelfth professional victory on Saturday night and kept that zero when it comes to defeats.
Chimaev was originally supposed to fight Nate Diaz, but due to the aforementioned weight problems, that match did not take place. Chimaev, who was smiling at the weigh-in despite the huge overshoot, decided to make a joke on his Twitter profile as well.
"Darren Till, it's his fault," Chimaev wrote on Twitter, while also posting a humorous montage of their photo together. Although Khamzat was the target of heavy criticism due to the incident with his weight, his team claims that he had a very bad time when losing weight.
According to his trainer, he was fainting and his whole body was shaking, after which they called a doctor who forbade him to continue taking off his clothes. However, after the victory against Holland, Chiamev said in the cage that there were no problems, but the doctor just came and told him to stop stripping.
Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya did not miss the opportunity criticize
“Sh*t was crazy,” Israel Adesanya said of the fight on his YouTube channel. “Khamzat (Chimaev) – shout out to Kevin (Holland), good sh*t.
He held a good account of himself, scrambling, sticking to the position. But Khamzat (Chimaev) was just a step ahead – two steps ahead event,” Israel Adesanya continued. “But he (Khamzat Chimaev) missed weight, so he a b*tch for that”.
Khamzat's trainer said that due to health problems, he is prohibited from cutting weight and that he will do the next few fights at middleweight, but he also announced a return to welterweight after that.