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Khabib advises Khamzat Chimaev over UFC 279 ‘weight miss’

Khabib Nurmagomedov had some tough words for Khamzat Chimev after the latter failed to make weight for UFC 279 last week.

Speaking at a recent event hosted by the non-profit organization Human Appeal, the former UFC champion questioned Chimaev's team, claiming that the young wolf is not surrounded by enough Muslims.

“If you are a Muslim, you should have good people around you – Muslims who can say: ‘Hey, don’t do this,’” Nurmagomedov said. “I recently watched the weigh-in of Khamzat Chimaev. I followed what was happening with his weight and looked at his team. There are no Muslims around him and this is very bad. Because if you are a Muslim, you need good, strong people around you. [They] will say: “Come back, do this.

“When you become famous and rich, when you gain power and [around you] there are no people who will give advice or you do not listen to them, then something will happen. You need good people, even if you don’t like it, you need them,” he added.

Chimaev failed to make weight for his scheduled UFC 279 main event against Nate Diaz, weighing 178.5 pounds, 8.5 pounds more than his contracted weight of 170 pounds. The undefeated welterweight was later consigned to the co-main event, where he faced Kevin Holland, while Diaz faced Tony Ferguson in the main event. Both Chimaev and Diaz went on to win their fights via submission.

It is also worth noting that Nurmagomedov has failed to make weight on numerous occasions during his UFC career. In May 2013, he missed weight for his fourth UFC fight against Abel Trujillo at UFC 160 and was hospitalized two hours before his scheduled weigh-in to face Ferguson at UFC 209. The former champion also struggled to cut weight before defending his lightweight title at UFC 254.

Perhaps, the GOAT should look over his own record before criticizing others. What do you think of Khabib’s comments on Khamzat Chimaev?


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