Coach doesn’t rule out Khamzat Chimaev clash with this UFC star

Khamzat Chimaev

Although it has nothing to do with his current circumstances in Russia, Khamzat Chimaev’s longtime jiu-jitsu instructor Alan “Finfou” Nascimento stated in an interview with MMA Fighting that he is not in a hurry to schedule his next UFC bout.

Unbeaten in 12 professional fights, Chimaev has six victories in 26 months in the UFC, including decisions over Gilbert Burns and Kevin Holland. poorly missed weight by Chimaev.

Nascimento responded that it all depends on the future of both weight classes when asked whether Chimaev will move up to middleweight next or try to make welterweight once more.

Coach doesn’t rule out Khamzat Chimaev fight with this UFC star

“The 170 division is a bit stuck because there will be a rematch,” said Nascimento, referring to a trilogy bout between champion Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman, which has yet to booked. “Chimaev’s situation at 170 is, he either waits for the fight or [serves as] a backup fighter in case someone gets injured. But, in case he moves up, a fight with a top-5 guy would definitely be interesting.

“But we don’t rule out the possibility of, even though I think it’s very hard for [Israel] Adesanya to beat ‘Poatan’ [Alex Pereira], [Adesanya] would have beaten everyone in the top 7 at least once, to even twice in some cases. So, maybe we would jump the line and have a title fight at 185. It’s really hard to know right now what decisions to make. We must wait for fights to happen so we know the next step.

“We thought about going up, but we have created a legacy at 170 already. If we go up to 185, everything would have been for nothing, except for the experience. But the focus is on becoming champion. After he mentioned [going up], we sat down with the whole team and decided to wait for the [welterweight division] to settle so at least we have a title fight. If he wins, perfect, we go for the next one. If he loses, we’d go up.”

All doesn’t rule out a fight with Paulo Costa for the UFC 283 show in Rio de Janeiro on January 21.

“If the UFC thinks that’s doable, he can make it happen,” Nascimento said. “The UFC is a company that wants numbers, wants results, wants to sell, so I believe the UFC will make it happen if they want to. For sure.”

Transcription courtesy of MMA Fighting