It seems that the UFC wants Khamzat Chimaev to continue competing at welterweight.
Chimaev vs. Colby Covington will be on the same bill as the anticipated trilogy fight between welterweight champion Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman, which is planned for March in London, according to Dana White, who spoke with The MacLife.
In his most recent fight at UFC 279, Chimaev missed the welterweight cutoff by 7.5 pounds. An opponent switch occurred as a result of the huge weight miss. He moved from Kevin Holland to Nate Diaz before finishing Holland with a first-round submission.
White had previously wished to book Covington against Chimaev. White wanted to pair Chimaev and Covington if "Borz" won his fight with Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, but that fight never materialized. The fight was won by Chimaev, but the contest never took place.
Covington (17-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) hasn’t competed since a blowout decision win over ex-teammate Jorge Masvidal at UFC 272 in March. A few weeks after the altercation, Masvidal is accused of assaulting Covington outside of a restaurant in Miami Beach. Masvidal was detained and accused of criminal mischief and aggravated violence.
Do you think Khamzat Chimaev will finally face Colby 'Chaos' Covington and have another run at the welterweight title after his huge weight miss at UFC 279? Let us know in the comments.