A lot of media fanfare was created by Khamzat Chimaev's fall at the weigh-in ahead of his scheduled match against Nate Diaz. The Chechen-Swedish fighter exceeded the upper limit of the welterweight category by 3.40 kilograms and Diaz refused to fight.
Kevin Holland eventually stepped in as a substitute, and Chimaev beat him with ease. What MMA fans further criticized Chimaeva was his behavior during the official weigh-in, but also after the ceremonial weigh-in and the same fight against Holland.
At no time did Chimaev give the impression that he regretted his huge fall. A few days after the event itself, Khabib Nurmagomedov, a retired Dagestani fighter who retired after 29 victories in as many professional appearances, announced himself.
Nurmagomedov also caused quite a bit of controversy with his statements. "If you are a Muslim, you should be surrounded by good people. Muslims who will tell you: 'Hey, don't do that', they should be around you. I looked at the video of the weigh-in.
I followed what was happening with his weight and weight loss, and I followed his team closely. He is not surrounded by Muslims and that is very bad. If you are a Muslim, you need good, strong people around you who will tell you when you are doing something wrong,'' began Khabib, and he gave this review at a press conference in Birmingham, which was a humanitarian event organized to help the affected Pakistanis.
flood. Many have interpreted this statement in the wrong way, or in the wrong context. Nurmagomedov did not want to say that only Muslims are good people but took into account that Chimaev is of the Islamic religion and therefore advised him to surround himself with people who are great believers and live according to religious principles.
Given that Chimaev is a Muslim, Khabib suggested that he surround himself with Muslims, but in fact, the message is to surround himself with people who are pious and strong in faith. Despite this, Khabib has faced plenty of criticism for his statements, and now Reza Madadi, one of Khamzat's team members and also a former UFC fighter (14-6-0, 3-4 UFC), has spoken out.
Madadi is a Swede born in Iran, and like Chimaev and Khabib, Madadi is also of the Islamic faith.
Madadi responded to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
"Dear @khabib_nurmagomedov , my muslim brother. Firstly I would like to say I have huge respect for you as an athlete and for all your achievements in our beloved sport of MMA.
I am also very proud of how you represent our religion, belief, and God in all your interviews and appearances. But, I would like to give my point on your opinion on @khamzat_chimaev not having a muslim team around him and that was supposed to be the reason of him missing the weight.
I have to disagree with you on this part. Not only have Khamzat had muslim friends and teammates such as me around him from day 1, but also from many other religions and backgrounds, The have been people that have been with him from the start, giving him love, sharing blood, sweat and joy and done everything to bring him to where he is now.
Being a muslim doesn’t mean we are perfect and flawless, trust me, I have done many mistakes in my life as many people know. With all due respect, so have you. So mentioning having muslim team will make you perfect, I have to disagree, having a team that cares about you.
in good times and bad times, no matter what belief or religion they have is far more important. And that is something Khamzat has. There are several issues that made Khamzat miss the weight but those reasons stay in the team.
But he is still young and he will learn from his mistakes. If a big Champion like you, did learn from your mistake when you missed weight, I have no doubt that our brother Khamzat will do as well.' ', Reza Madadi's message to Khabib Nurmagomedov.
It is interesting information how Khabib left a comment on Reza Madadi's post.
Anyway, this story can now come to an end.
It is clear what Khabib wanted to say with his statement, and Reza Madadi emphasized that Chimaev has a good team around him, but the reality is that the team cannot fully influence what the playful Khamzat does when he appears in front of the cameras.