Chechen- born newbie Khamzat Chimaev was developed as part of a UFC plot to keep the “market” produced by light-weight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov prior to his retirement, veteran competitor Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson has actually declared.
Ahead of his heading bout at UFC Fight Night on Saturday, Thompson’s talk once again turned to unbeaten Chimaev, whose rise through the ranks has actually been fast-tracked by the UFC and enabled him to difficulty on top end of the department regardless of being the welterweight number 15 himself.
Thompson was promoted as a prospective challenger for Chimaev and has actually restated his belief that the Sweden- based feeling has actually not done anything to validate the full marks he has actually gotten from figures consisting of UFC president Dana White, who has actually stated he will make an exception by enabling the fighter to line up several tests at a time.
“I kind of called it,” Thompson informed press reporters ahead of his scrap with Geoff Neal in Las Vegas.
“I was like, ‘why is [White] pushing this guy so much? Watch Khabib retire.’ They’ve got to keep pushing that market somehow.”
After winning his very first 2 defend the promo in 10 days on “Fight Island” in July, Chimaev knocked out the skilled Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds on his United States launching in September, establishing a face-off with Leon Edwards, the welterweight number 3.
“I just haven’t seen enough of Khamzat to really get behind him yet,” discussed 37-year-old Thompson.
“If he goes out there and just dominates Leon Edwards…on paper, I don’t see that happening but if he does then I will say that he is the man, he is a good fighter.
” I have absolutely nothing versus Khamzat at all. He’s had 3 battles and he trashed those people.
“If he goes out there and does work [against Edwards], I could probably face him in 2021, for sure.”