UFC President Dana White said that matchmakers are at odds on how to handle Khamzat Chimaev because of his weight.
Earlier this month, Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) was forced to withdraw from his main event bout against Nate Diaz at UFC 279 because he weighed in 7.8 pounds over the welterweight limit. Chimaev was rescheduled to fight Kevin Holland at a catchweight of 180 pounds after the massive miss.
Chimaev breezed through Holland, but will he have more success at welterweight or middleweight? White claims that the unbeaten star’s future was a source of confusion for matchmakers.
“There’s obviously 170 and 185 pounds,” Dana White said.
“There was a big beef today at matchmaking whether he could make 170 pounds, whether we should even let him make 170 pounds again. Those are all the things that we’re kicking around right now.”
“I’m in the middle,” White said. “I’m in the, ‘What does he want to do?’ Where does he want to be, and what does he want to do? Does he want to make 170 and go for the title at 170, or does he want to go to 185 and go for the title there? …
“That was the big debate we had today in the matchmaking meeting. One guy said one thing, one guy said another thing. And then I said, ‘What does he really want?’ Somebody get in there and figure out what he really wants to do, and let’s figure it out, and let’s make a fight.”