Michael Bisping wants to see Khamzat Chimaev vs Jared Cannonier

Michael Bisping explains why Khamzat Chimaev should fight Jared Cannonier next.

by Aryan Lakhani
Michael Bisping wants to see Khamzat Chimaev vs Jared Cannonier
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Khamzat Chimaev’s win against Kamaru Usman earned him both respect and criticism. Fans were looking forward to an explosive performance, but in that fight, Usman and Chimaev were seen to be holding back. A huge debate was spiked in the MMA community detailing how Khamzat Chimaev does not deserve to get the middleweight title fight.

People claimed that Chimaev hadn’t fought anyone significant from the middleweight division and should get tested against the top contenders before fighting for the belt. Michael Bisping is interested in seeing Khamzat Chimaev vs Jared Cannonier mainly because he wants to see how well Chimaev’s cardio supports him in the match.

Michael Bisping on Khamzat Chimaev vs Jared Cannonier

In a recent YouTube video, Michael Bisping explained why he wants to see Khamzat Chimaev fight Jared Cannonier. ‘“I would like to see him [Khamzat Chimaev] against a Jared Cannonier (type of fighter), because if he can’t take him down, and he can’t fix this problem with the cardio, then he’s going to have a real long-term problem going forward,” Bisping said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“But who knows – maybe there’s a reason why he was running out of gas, OK? Probably because he doesn’t pace himself. He goes forward straight away, wrestles. When you try to take someone down, that is the most cardio-taxing element of mixed martial arts.

Trying to wrestle someone, trying to grab hold of another grown man and force them to the floor – using technique, of course, but a lot of power goes into it. I can tell you from experience, that is absolutely exhausting – especially when you’ve got another world-class opponent who knows how to stop takedowns fighting against you.

Michael Bisping on who should be next for Khamzat Chimaev

“Jared Cannonier, in my humble opinion, is the perfect opponent, there’s others out there. There’s Sean Strickland. They had a little moment in the gym, as well.

So Sean Strickland-Khamzat Chimaev, take my money. I’d love to see that one. But Khamzat-Jared Cannonier – that would be great”.

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