UFC 279 will be remembered by many as the event before which there was an exchange of pairs on the 'card' just a day before the event, and the reason is Khamzat Chimaev and his exceeded the permitted weight by an incredible 3.5 kg, but given that the event was canceled because of that better than it was originally supposed to be, many began to express doubts that everything was set up.
Whether it was planned or not, there was a big question about the future of Khamzat Chimaev. Many people called him to move up the category and go to middleweight, and this was confirmed by his coach, who immediately after the show said that Khamzat will certainly do the next few fights in the middleweight category.
Sean O'Malley thinks that Chimaev simply needs to move up
“I’ve never in my five-six years in the UFC had a doctor come and check on me during weight cuts,” O’Malley said on his YouTube channel. “I’m sure if they come look at me the last pound when I’m in the bathtub, they’d probably say to anybody, ‘Whoa.’ Like, a doctor comes in, they’re not used to seeing humans like that”.
“I want to see him at 185 because even when he fought Gilbert Burns, he did the towel thing, lost five pounds,” O’Malley said. “When was the last time Khamzat made 170 actually? Not the last two fights so it’s probably been over a year.
“I want to watch his next fight, I’m so curious who it’s gonna be. It can’t be Colby [Covington]. He’s not gonna make 170, dude. I just don’t see him — I don’t even know if UFC will book him at 170.
But it doesn’t seem like he wants to go up to 185. Which is kind of surprising because he is big and he is super f****** skilled. And he’s gotta be confident. I don’t know if he wants those fights up there. Those are big boys”. he concluded.