Dricus Du Plessis not willing to fight Khamzat Chimaev next

Dricus Du Plessis explains why he's not interested to fight Khamzat Chimaev next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Dricus Du Plessis not willing to fight Khamzat Chimaev next
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The UFC promised the rising fighter Khamzat Chimaev a title fight opportunity; in exchange, they wanted Chimaev to secure a win against Kamaru Usman, which he did, but for some reason, Chimaev wasn’t elected as the next title challenger, instead Dricus Du Plessis sealed his position as one.

There have been rumours stating that the winner of the upcoming middleweight title fight will face Israel Adesanya next.

Fans would love to see that match, but Khamat Chimaev thinks differently – he believes he’s next. Dricus Du Plessis is totally against the idea of fighting Chimaev as he believes Chimaev hasn’t earned his opportunity.

Dricus Du Plessis on fighting Khamzat Chimaev

In a recent interview with MMA Junkie, Dricus Du Plessis explained why he won’t fight Khamzat Chimaev if he successfully becomes the new middleweight champion. “As far as I know Khamzat’s a welterweight,” Du Plessis said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“What middleweight did he fight? He fought at middleweight, but he fought a welterweight (in Usman). Gerald Meerschaert? When was that? Was he even ranked? No, he wasn’t ranked. So, that makes absolutely no sense.

The UFC promised him a title fight? Where in the world does that happen? And he says he’s fighting Strickland. No, you’re not. If there’s a champion, if you get a title shot, I’m the champion. You’re not going to get a title shot.

And Israel Adesanya? That makes sense”.

Dricus Du Plessis on getting a title fight

“This fight, just like every other fight, has consumed me, The title has always been the next step. Step closer to the title and closer to the title.

Right now my step, the one big step – but far from the final step – is fighting for that belt. In my mind, my whole life can stop on that night. I’ll win or I’ll die trying. My life and my mind stops after that fight.

After that fight, my whole life is in front of me".

Khamzat Chimaev