Khamzat Chimaev has been warned about his “comfort zone” by Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC cousin, Abubakar, after the Chechen-born sensation supplied to “tear up” the light-weight legend on his cost in direction of the highest of the division.
Welterweight Nurmagomedov had phrases for Chimaev after the UFC newcomer appeared to take intention on the retired champion, claiming he would “tear him apart if he wants” in a comment responding to curious feedback in regards to the Russian by Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov.
The 31-year-old alluded to Chimaev’s asylum in Sweden, the place he developed right into a UFC breakthrough star, and appeared unimpressed with that warning to the unbeaten sporting icon.
“I see you quickly changed your shoes,” Nurmagomedov informed Chimaev in a submit made to his following of greater than 761,000 on Instagram, accompanying his phrases with a photograph of himself beginning into the digital camera in sun shades whereas enjoyable in a restaurant.
“After moving to Sweden and writing a complaint against your own Chechen Republic that you are being infringed upon, you received documents for a good life in Sweden.
“But now, having gained fame, you, I see, have modified. Now you could have come again and reside in Chechnya, and all the things is ok with you. I’m joyful for you. Don’t lose this consolation zone.
“Not long ago in America, you sat at the same table with us and ate, trained in the same gym, went to the Mosque together and called us brothers.
“And now you write that you’ll tear somebody up. Yes, I agree, everybody has the proper to categorical their opinion. But watch out along with your statements.”
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Arguably the greatest UFC fighter of all time, Nurmagomedov’s cousin has praised Chimaev in the past and enjoyed a cordial relationship with Kadyrov, posing with him for photos and reportedly being given a luxury car by the huge MMA fan in a gesture that he repeated for Chimaev earlier this year.
Speaking this week, Kadyrov offered the ‘Eagle’ however much money he wants to face a fighter from his Akhmat MMA club that he runs in Chechnya – and called him a “100 per cent UFC challenge” because of his understanding with UFC president Dana White.
“If he isn’t… then why I’ve by no means observed our brother Khabib performing below the flag of the Russian Federation, the flag of Dagestan, or I don’t know what else?” Kadyrov was reported to have said by RIA.
“He completely tore everyone in the UFC, but there is a question [of whether] he is able to defeat anyone from the Akhmat club.”
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— Nuke Jones (@NukeJones) May 13, 2021
Several well-known fighters have since voiced their confusion over the remarks. “Any athlete represents himself first of all,” Russian MMA light-weight Eduard Vartanyan informed Championat, reflecting on the person nature of the game.
“Even athletes who are now going to the Olympics will glorify their name. Khabib is hardly a UFC project because they pushed him for a long time.
“He gained a spot within the solar for himself. Khabib is the fruit of labor and striving for a aim.”
“As for the battle with a member of Akhmat, they don’t have a fighter of the identical weight as Nurmagomedov. Chimaev, for instance, fights at 84kg. How can they be in contrast?
Khamzat Chimaev would completely destroy Khabib
— UFCStats💭 (@TheUFCStats) May 14, 2021
Let Khamzat battle some good Middleweight after which we will focus on
— BeDri (@albaniankuqezi) May 14, 2021
“It’s like comparing Chimaev with [UFC heavyweight Francis] Ngannou. It seems to me that Khabib does not even think about it. Chimaev is young and needs this popularity effect. Perhaps he is just playing to the audience.”
Vadim Finkelstein, the pinnacle of the M-1 Global promotion which hosted a few of the future title-holder’s earliest fights, agreed. “It seems to me that Khabib has always represented Russia and Dagestan. I didn’t see other fighters going out under someone’s flag,” he observed, including that Nurmagomedov did “not need to prove anything at all.”
“Khabib is not a UFC project. On the contrary, they did not want to move him – they did not give him a title fight.”
Chimaev has had a provocative week, exchanging phrases with Bellator MMA fighter Alexander Shlemenko, who he informed to “stop drinking”, and claiming that he goals to battle in two divisions in a matter of weeks once more whereas singling out UFC gentle heavyweight champion Jan Blakhovich.
“On the internet, he has already won all of the UFC championship belts via Twitter,” joked Blakhovich, responding to Back Talk.
“I have proven more than once that I can beat guys from lighter weight classes.
“I may also begin speaking about beating anybody in boxing, Tyson Fury and everybody else – if they provide me an opportunity, [I could say] that I’ll knock them out. But who will consider it?
“Chimaev can talk but talking and fighting, sparring and fighting are completely different things.”
‘Borz’ responded swiftly to Abubakar’s submit on his personal Instagram. “Yes, I live where I want,” he mentioned in his reply, inflicting a few of his mammoth following of greater than 2.eight million to accuse him of dropping credibility together with his preliminary problem.