UFC President Dana White has explained why Khamzat Chimaev is currently booked to fight Gerald Meerschaert and Demian Maia. Every time when a fighter is booked for multiple fights at the same time, they are considered a top-notch in the sport.
The 26-year-old has taken the UFC by storm. Firstly, beating John Phillips in a middleweight bout for his UFC debut in July. After which he turned around just 10 days later to take on Rhys McKee, defeating him via first round TKO.
The undefeated Russian standout will square off against Meerschaert at middleweight on the undercard of Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley on September 19. If he wins, Chimaev will face Brazilian submission specialist Demian Maia on Fight Island in October.
Dana White books Chimaev against Meerschaert and Maia
In Dana White’s Contender Series 32 post-fight press conference, the UFC President was asked about Khamzat Chimaev. To which he replied, “It’s fascinating,” White said. “We’ve never really had anybody that’s doing anything like he is right now. So I could see why you would say, ‘Don’t you think this is disrespectful booking a fight for him when he’s got a fight?’ but that’s how you have to do it. It’s interesting, I like it, and I’ve never had a guy like this.”
White stated that Chimaev fought against real champs and not the fighters who were on their downfall. Justifying the latters wins, White said, he did not just edge over to a victory but beat them down and out.
Lastly White said that booking Chimaev for multiple fights has nothing disrespectful for his opponents in it. But the speed and confidence with which Chimaev goes in the octagon, is admirable. To be precise he said, “It’s no disrespect to his opponent, he’s either going to win or lose. That has nothing to do with us. That’s up to them, but to do that, for him to really fight two fights in a row, you have to book him. And for a guy like him, I would never do that for somebody else. I’d be like, ‘Relax. Let’s see if you get through this fight,’ but what I’ve seen from him, I’m willing to do that with him.”