Khamzat Chimaev believes Sean Strickland won the match

Khamzat Chimaev believes Sean Strickland won the match

by Aryan Lakhani
Khamzat Chimaev believes Sean Strickland won the match
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Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis performed well and gave fans a show that they were expecting to see. After 5 rounds of engaging action, the judges declared Dricus Du Plessis the winner by split decision. The outcome of the match has confused many people as they thought Strickland’s hand was going to be raised.

A question that is roaring loudly in every fan's heart is, who’s next for the belt? Top contender Khamzat Chimaev believes he is next as the UFC promised him the opportunity.

However, Dana White recently said Chimaev won’t be next and that infuriated Chimaev. The middleweight title fight performance didn’t impress him as he didn't feel threatened and can foresee a comfortable win in the future.

Khamzat Chimaev on Dricus Du Plessis vs Sean Strickland

In a recent interview with ESPN MMA, Khamzat Chimaev shared his thoughts on Sean Strickland vs Dricus Du Plessis. “I expected the fight to be like that,” Chimaev said, as quoted by

“Nothing special. I think it was like 50/50. It could go on which side. Maybe it’s right. Maybe it’s not. I don’t know. For me, Strickland won that fight. But that was close fight for them both. But nothing special.

Nothing making me like, ‘This guy’s somebody else.’ They both have a lot of things I can see where I can finish them. It was a good fight, but at the same time nothing that special, just like hard sparring.

Some takedowns, and they come up. Nobody tried to finish anyone, and that’s why it’s not anything special with that”.

Khamzat Chimaev on being next for the title fight

“Israel (Adesanya) is out, I don’t know when he’s coming back, what did he say, 2027 or something? All these guys fought each other.

Only me who is undefeated and undisputed, you know? 13-0. … They promised me after Usman fight, ‘You are for sure going to fight for the title.’ I won that fight. I heard Dana White said, ‘I don’t think Khamzat is next for the title.’ That’s * I don’t care if it’s some president or something, if you give your word, you have to answer for that.

… I will be surprised if somebody fights for the title next that’s not me”.

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