Khamzat Chimaev anticipates finding out soon about his upcoming match.
For the forthcoming UFC 294 pay-per-view, which will take place in Abu Dhabi this October, it would seem that the well-liked Chimaev would be a strong option to be included in the roster. After all, Chimaev became a celebrity when he made his UFC debut at two “Fight Island” occasions in 2020, when the organization was compelled to relocate its operations there during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The UFC is reportedly considering booking Chimaev for the Oct. 21 pay-per-view, ideally against former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Chimaev is presently training in Abu Dhabi.
“UFC told us we have a fight in Abu Dhabi, so that’s what I’m waiting for,” Chimaev said on his YouTube channel. “I’m already here in Dubai, living here, training camp, everything is good, so I’ve been in shape a long time ago. I’ve been in Thailand training camp, I’ve been here training camp, I’ve been in Sweden training, so just waiting for the opponent and the contract, so we’ll see what’s going to happen.
“Usman wants to fight. I’ll make his last fight. He wants money, he knows where the money is. Everyone knows the money. Now I’m going to fight this guy in Abu Dhabi and smash his face, finish him, then they have to give me that title shot.”
Usman is currently on his first losing skid in his professional career after falling to Leon Edwards in back-to-back welterweight title battles. The seasoned champion has kept his possible career ambitions a secret.
Chimaev hasn’t competed since winning over Kevin Holland at UFC 279 in September of last year, but he is eager to return to the octagon. When the UFC calls, he doesn’t anticipate a lack of available opponents since he sees himself as a top-drawing act.
“I’m the biggest name without the belt, so when you fight with me, it’s more money, more fans,” Chimaev claimed. “Everyone waits for my fights when I compete. When Gilbert [Burns] and I battled, we weren’t the primary attraction; instead, everyone was waiting for us.”
“Even Cristiano Ronaldo, a famous guy, a legend from football, a lot of guys are asking me when am I going to fight, when I smash somebody? This is the fight business, everybody has to fight and make money. If you don’t sell tickets, you don’t make money.”
Chimaev sees Usman as a reasonable choice to help him move closer to the championship opportunity that he’s been pursuing for the past few years if he wants to win his first UFC title shot, which is possible at welterweight or middleweight given that he has won fights in both divisions.
“I want to say to Usman,” Chimaev said. “I am ready, just sign the contract. Let’s fight. Let’s make money. You want the money, you want the money fight, let’s go. I’m going to squeeze your head off. [Weight class] it doesn’t matter, let’s go, let’s fight. The weight classes, if you feel the best, you don’t need to speak about weight class. I feel the best, for me it doesn’t matter, I cut on fight night to  or , all weight classes. I’m the king.”
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