There’s no less than 1 one who is not satisfied Khamzat Chimaev is a killer within the Octagon … UFC title contender Stephen Thompson.
TMZ Sports activities talked to 37-year-old Wonderboy — who was not too long ago floated as a potential opponent for 26-year-old Chimaev — and Thompson made it crystal clear Khamzat merely would not deserve all of the reward … no less than not but.
“There’s quite a lot of hype round [Khamzat] at this level. He is received three fights, he is had one struggle at welterweight, he is ranked #15 proper now, he is gonna be combating a man who ranked greater than me.”
FYI, Chimaev — who has been hit a grand complete of three TIMES in his 3 UFC fights — is combating #3 ranked Leon Edwards (the struggle was scheduled for this weekend, however Edwards obtained COVID, so it is being rescheduled.)
Thompson — the #5 ranked welterweight — continued … “It is undoubtedly a giant bounce for him and a take a look at for Khamzat. So, at this level, I am not likely offered but. I simply have not seen sufficient and on paper. Leon Edwards wins this all day, so I am going for my man Edwards.”
Edwards is 18-3 and has received 8 fights in a row … with dubs over guys like Rafael dos Anjos and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. However Thompson says if Chimaev can take LE out … then it will make him a believer.
“[Khamzat] might go on the market and show us all fallacious, ya by no means know. He’ll be the actual deal. I’ll say he is the actual deal if he goes on the market and simply does work, however at this level, I have never seen sufficient.”
Talking of massive time fights, Thompson has a scrap Saturday night time in Vegas in opposition to 30-year-old striker, Geoff Neal — aka “Handz of Metal” — who’s 5-0 since signing with the UFC.
Handz of Metal vs. Wonderboy!!