Who should Khamzat Chimaev fight next in the UFC? Now 3-0 in the promotion after joining in July, Dana White has confirmed that Chimaev will be fighting in a five-round main event in his next bout against an unknown opponent. The only thing that has been assured at this stage is that Chimaev will be facing a ranked fighter.
Reports of a fight between Chimaev and Stephen Thompson began circulating over the weekend but these rumors were quickly shut down by “Wonderboy,” who responded by saying that the fight doesn’t make sense for him right now.
“No, I’m not fighting him, man,” Thompson said during a recent YouTube live stream. “I mean, it just doesn’t make sense for me at this point. I’m ranked No. 5 to fight a guy who is unranked? You know what I mean… I fought a lot of guys to get to where I’m at. And a lot of other fighters fought a lot of guys to get where they’re at so I don’t see why it’s okay for him to jump past everybody.”
So, if Chimaev isn’t facing Wonderboy, then who should he fight next?
Here’s what Patrick Auger, Matthew Wells, and Drake Riggs want to see:
– Wells would like to see Chimaev fight Neil Magny.
– Riggs calls for the “Wonderboy” fight.
– Auger says that Derek Brunson would be a good opponent for Chimaev right now.
Who would you like to see Khamzat Chimaev fight next? Let us know in the comments below!
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