Khamzat Chimaev is looking for a fight and is fishing for a showdown with former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor, who is currently on the mend from a broken leg.
Chimaev has been firing off challenges like hot cakes on social media, with McGregor being the latest target. However, this one came respectfully from the 10-0 welterweight, while blasting one of McGregor’s biggest rivals.
McGregor has yet to respond to Chimaev and there are obviously more than a few hurdles to the situation. Premier among those being the 33-year-old Irishman having no interest in getting in the ring for a fight where he has everything to lose and nothing truly to gain. There’s also the issue of weight and the fact that McGregor still needs time to recover from his leg injury. He’s not expected to be doing full MMA work until April.
“I will be full mixed martial arts sparring by April,” McGregor tweeted recently. “Easily! By then a return will be imminent. But I must be patient. I will beat this!”
Chimaev also appeared to call out McGregor last month after his first-round victory against Jingliang Li.
Chimaev Has Engaged in War of Words With Diaz Brothers
To be fair, McGregor seems to like Chimaev and the way he navigates the fight game. McGregor had an interesting interaction with “The Wolf” earlier this year, revealing he offered to help him in his rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“Bratha, no problem. I appreciate you reaching out to the team in 2018 to come and help me beat up the little scared pigeon b—h,” McGregor wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Chechnya knows! Fuck those eagles mma pussies, we are Akhmat MMA! Smash them up we will! Let’s go! The Mac and Akhmat! We take no shit! Never peace.”
Nate Diaz has had no such admiration for Chimaev, calling him a rookie and shooting down any interest in a fight.
“They’re coming at me with [Chimaev], and I’m like, ‘Hold on, don’t disrespect me like that, trying to offer me a fight with a rookie,'” Diaz told TMZ. “I’m cool, you got four fights in the UFC. Don’t even talk my name.”
Chimaev responded in a typical fashion.
“You fake gangster,” he wrote on Twitter. “I don’t care who to fight I’m coming for everybody, where are you all the gangsters and kings? I’m here to kill everyone. I’m the king here. I’m a gangster here.”
Diaz then hit back again, saying maybe Chimaev and McGregor should do battle.
“Let him fight kamrat,” Diaz wrote. “That be a great fight to make. He needs a easy new guy to fight anyway he can taper back in and see if he can even still fight at all. Great idea Nate.”
Michael Bisping Wants McGregor to Avoid Dustin Poirier
McGregor has a long way back before his next scrap and he’d love another shot at Poirier, who leads 2-1 in their trilogy of fights with a pair of stoppages. However, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping thinks McGregor should avoid that pitfall and opt for either Diaz or Tony Ferguson.
“They are two and one in Dustin’s favor, but the way the last fight ended with McGregor breaking his leg does give a reason, does give explanation to the subject that perhaps they should do a fourth fight,” said during a recent Q&A on his YouTube channel. “McGregor brings in eyeballs like nobody else so there is a possibility. My advice would be don’t do that. I think he should try and get his mojo back, get comfortable with the octagon again, because it’s a long layoff. Nate Diaz may be the perfect person or even Tony Ferguson.”
We’ll find out soon what’s next for Notorious but don’t expect him and Chimaev to be facing off any time soon.