The rising UFC middleweight contender Roman Dolidze explained how getting a title shot has nothing to do with UFC rankings. Dolidze referred to Sean Strickland, who, in most people's eyes, got the title shot magically because before the Adesanya fight, Strickland fought an unranked opponent and wasn’t even featured in the top 5 middleweight rankings.
Roman Dolidze will be facing Nassourdine Imavov this Saturday night; a win from here will only strengthen Roman Dolidze's chances of getting a title fight. Here's a fun fact: Roman Dolidze is currently ranked higher than Khamzat Chimaev in the middleweight rankings, and yet Chimaev has a higher chance of getting a title fight.
Roman Dolidze on UFC rankings
During the recent media day, Roman Dolidze explained why the UFC rankings don’t matter. “If you remember how Sean (Strickland) got his title shot, he fought Nassourdine after he fought some guy outside the top 15, and he got a title shot,” Dolidze said as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.
“That’s why I don’t like to make predictions and conversations like this. It will be what it will be. I’m ready for anything. That’s all. In this organization, the rankings nowadays don’t do nothing.
Look at Khamzat (Chimaev). Why is he in the top 15? Who did he fight? Why does he need to be here? Also, how they move some guys up and down. That’s why I don’t think rankings show anything. There is organization UFC, and UFC will decide what they want to see and what fights will sell more or less, and that’s more important, probably”.
Roman Dolidze on what could be next
“What do you want me to say? Big words and say it’s No. 1 contender fight? No, I’m not that guy,I’m sure there’s going to be somebody here to start talking like that.
It’s a good, interesting fight. I think after this fight we can get a top-five opponent – definitely, we deserve. Let’s see what will happen. what happens, no one knows”.