Still, Chris Avila hasn’t stopped blasting Khamzat Chimaev for missing weight and changing the dynamic of their UFC 279 bout earlier this month.
Chimaev was supposed to battle Nate Diaz in his last UFC bout, however he was disqualified for being over the weight limit by 7.5 pounds. Consequently, the promotion had to rearrange the pay-per-view card at short notice, rematching Diaz and Chimaev versus Tony Ferguson and Kevin Holland.
Diaz won by guillotine submission in the fourth round against Ferguson, and Chimaev won by D’arce in the first round against Holland, but Avila was left with a sour taste in his mouth after the events of the week. He criticized Chimaev’s lack of professionalism on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani.
“It was a crazy two weeks. Well, we were out there for two weeks, but the whole time, yeah, it got crazier and crazier day by day,” said Avila.
“That whole turnaround was f—king insane. The whole Khamzat thing was very unprofessional. Good things happen to good people, so Nate’s a f—king good dude and f—king Khamzat’s not too good of a dude. He’s a piece of s—t for f—king missing weight, and that’s on him. He ain’t going to get that bag, so whatever. That was 2-0 for Nate, dog. That was two wins in one week.”
“All that talk of Khamzat’s over here going to destroy, whoop, whoop, whoop, was bulls—t anyway,” said Avila.
“I think the fight would’ve turned out the same way it did with Tony, 100 percent. I believe so, yeah, either standing or the same way, unless all Khamzat wanted to do was f—king hold on for dear life, scared as f—k.”
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