UFC president isn’t surprised ‘nobody wants to fight’ Khamzat Chimaev

UFC supremo Dana White admits that nobody wants to fight surging welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev.

Chimaev has taken the UFC by storm since making his debut for the promotion last year.

The Chechen had a phenomenal 2020 campaign and set records for the fastest consecutive wins and fastest three-fight winning streak in modern UFC history.

He was hospitalised multiple times due to lingering Covid-19 complications and was forced out of three bookings against top contender Leon Edwards.

'Borz' made his return to the octagon for the first time in a year at UFC 267 in October, submitting Li Jingliang to break into the top 15 at 170-pounds.

And White admitted that Chimaev is one of the "baddest" fighters he has ever worked with.

"Khamzat Chimaev is one of the baddest dudes that I've ever come across and is literally willing to fight anyway, doesn't care what the timeframe is or any of that stuff," he told Jim Rome.

"We're working on something for him. Hopefully this week, we'll have an opponent for him. Nobody wants to fight this guy.

"Everybody wants to get out on social media and say this or say that. But when it really comes down to it, nobody’s trying to fight Khamzat Chimaev.

"I don’t blame them. But at the end of the day when you’re a professional fighter – this is what you do – you should look at a guy with as much hype and as much bravado as Chimaev has, as a huge opportunity.”

Chimaev has called for fights with Georges St-Pierre, Brock Lesnar and Colby Covington this week on social media.

The 27-year-old even pushed for a wrestling match against retired two-weight UFC champion Daniel Cormier.

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And Chimaev – who only begun training MMA in 2017 – thought he would try his hand at the sport after watching the likes of Conor McGregor secure big paydays.

"I was watching his fight. I was working when he fought Aldo, I was sitting in and working the night, took 15 minute rest and watch this fight," he explained to ESPN.

"I always look at that like ‘if these guys make so much money, like millions and this stuff, why can’t I do it?

"I have everything, I am a fighter, I am a warrior, I have something inside, and I felt that when I was born.

"All the time I feel like something special inside of me, and (I wanted to) find some way to take out this and show to the people.”

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