Although not a champion, it can be said that Khamzat Chimaev is as big a star as Francis Ngannou right now, if not bigger. In his last appearance for the UFC, he fought Holland, and he is currently in negotiations for a fight against Colby Covington.
He confirmed that he is not just a 'hype train' fighter against Burns in one of the best fights this year. Ngannou has been expressing his dissatisfaction with the terms of the UFC contract for a long time, which is normal because every fighter should stand up for himself.
But Khamzat Chimaev does not agree with that, he still believes that nothing will be achieved by regretting, but that we should stick to the well-known "shut up and work" system. “A lot of guys talk about how the UFC doesn’t give us a lot of money and other things,” Chimaev said.
“They don’t go back and remember where they were 20 years ago. I was almost homeless, a lot of guys. The big guy, Ngannou, talks about how they don’t give him enough money…you have to appreciate everything that’s happened with you.
Just fight, fight, and the money will come”. Chimaev concluded. Chimaev also claimed that his fee for the UFC 279 event was the highest yet, even though he came in too heavy for the weigh-in and ended up being paired with Holland.
It has been a while since Ngannou fought before, and his last fight was at UFC 270 against Ciryl Gane. As for his next opponent, he may face Jon Jones, although the UFC is still in the process of negotiating a deal with him.
As far as Chimaev is concerned, Ngannou has nothing personal to do with him, but he feels the frustrations he has regarding fighter pay are misplaced.
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"There's an appreciation that must be shown.
I don't know what's going to come in, that's a risk every time, but I can know what's going out. And you want to talk? You want to slow me down? Should we do lunch? I have 556 of you and I do this every Saturday. And that's where I tell you the lack of respect comes."
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