Brendan Allen, who competes for UFC Jacksonville, has provided a significant clue regarding Khamzat Chimaev’s subsequent bout.
After defeating Kevin Holland a year ago, Chimaev has not participated in any competitions since then. Since then, there has been a lot of conjecture about his next battle inside the octagon. Names like Kamaru Usman, Paulo Costa, and a few others have been thrown into the mix as prospective opponents for his next bout.
However, it appears like Khamzat Chimaev will be competing against Brendan Allen for the first time in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. At the UFC event that took place this past weekend in Jacksonville, ‘All In’ competed against Bruno Silva and achieved an impressive submission victory in the first round.
It was reported after his battle that Brendan Allen’s camp had told him not to call out Jared Cannonier for a fight. This information came to light after the bout. During the post-fight press conference, Allen was questioned about the same thing, and he was asked whether it was the case since a potential fight against Khamzat Chimaev was in the works. Allen said in the affirmative. In response to this, Allen offered the following:
I am going to take the fifth. I have no fear of men, I have no fear of men. I never back down from a fight. If it is what [Khamzat Chimaev] is looking for, he is free to come and get it. I dont care. It is available to everyone. Everyone who wants it, including Khamzat, Cannonier, and Vettori, can have it. I don’t care.”
Geoff Neal believes Khamzat Chimaev’s time at welterweight is coming to an end
It is currently impossible to predict what Chimaev’s future holds, as it is currently unknown whether he will fight at welterweight again or go up to middleweight for his next bout. Geoff Neal, a contender at welterweight, is of the opinion that the Swede’s time spent competing in the 170 pound class has come to an end.
Geoff Neal discussed the trajectory of Chimaev’s development in a recent conversation with MiddleEasy. Neal made the following statement while implying that it would be challenging for ‘Borz’ to maintain his weight loss and go down to 170:
It’s possible that he’ll go down to 170 pounds, but I have a bad feeling that he won’t be able to keep the weight off once he gets there. I don’t think… It’s possible that he’ll drop down to 170 pounds, compete for a title, win the title, and then never compete at that weight again. I think he should just go in his native weight class and stop messing around at 170, but we’ll see how it plays out.” “I think he should just go in his natural weight class and stop fu**ing around at 170.”Watch the video below to hear some thoughts from Goeff Neal: