“I’m not just fighting to entertain!” Jared Cannonier goes off at reporter after being asked to welcome Khamzat Chimaev into middleweight division

Jared Cannonier has mentioned fighting Khamzat Chimaev in latest UFC press conferrence. Fresh off beating Marvin Vettori, Jared has a condition. Fans react to the latest development

“I’m not just fighting to entertain!” Jared Cannonier goes off at reporter after being asked to welcome Khamzat Chimaev into middleweight division

Jared Cannonier will fight Khamzat Chimaev but under a condition ( Image source: L/R- Getty Images )

Jared Cannonier recently achieved a remarkable victory over Marvin Vettori at UFC Vegas 75. He has shared his thoughts on the possibility of now facing Khamzat Chimaev. The middleweight clash between Cannonier and Vettori was thrilling, with both fighters displaying their skills and determination. Ultimately, Cannonier emerged as the victor, winning a unanimous decision and providing great entertainment for the fans.


During the post-fight press conference, the topic of Khamzat Chimaev entering the UFC middleweight division was brought up. Cannonier was asked about his willingness to welcome the “Chechen Wolf” into the division. Surprisingly, Cannonier expressed a specific condition that would determine his interest in a potential fight against Chimaev.

Cannonier stated that he would only consider fighting Khamzat Chimaev if it would bring him closer to a title shot. His victory over Vettori had gained widespread attention, and when a reporter asked him about the possibility of fighting the Swedish fighter, Cannonier made it clear that his main goal was to become the middleweight champion. He mentioned that he would accept the fight if it offered a path to a title shot, but he would decline if the UFC did not meet the condition.

In his own words, Cannonier said, “I understand that Khamzat is popular and fans want to see him compete. If the UFC approaches me with a contender’s match against him, then I’m interested. My focus is on winning the title, not just entertaining the audience.” He then said,” I know people would enjoy the fight, and it could be a good matchup. But for me, it has to be a fight that gets me closer to the championship because I just defeated the number three ranked fighter. I’m looking forward, not backward—I want to become the champion”.


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Fans react to Jared Cannonier open to facing Khamzat Chimaev in the octagon

Jared Cannonier
Jared Cannonier will only fight Khamzat Chimaev for a title fight ( Image source: Getty Images )

People are excited about the prospect of seeing Cannonier and Chimaev going at it inside the octagon. Jared Cannonier ranks #4 in the Middleweight division. Chimaev ranks the same in the welterweight division.

He has mentioned moving to the Middleweight division for a while now. Here are some reactions to Cannonier’s declaration from Twitter:

Although Cannonier will only take him for a title shot, it is undeniably an exciting matchup. Chimaev has been without a fight for a while now. He has challenged everyone under the Middleweight division for a fight. Maybe this will be the fight that sees him transitioning into the Middleweight division.


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