UFC Welterweight number five, Steven Thompson, will not be Khamzat Chimaev’s next opponent.
The American fighter said this in an interview with TheBodyLockMMA
“No, I won’t fight him,” Vanderboy said. “It just doesn’t make sense to me at the moment. I, number five in the ranking, have to fight a guy who is not in this ranking at all? You know what I mean»
“I fought a lot of opponents to take my place. And other fighters had a lot of fights to be where they are now, so I don’t understand why it’s normal for this guy to climb without a queue”.
Earlier, Dana white announced that Khamzat Chimaev will headline the UFC tournament in Las Vegas in November, calling Stephen Thompson one of the likely opponents of the Chechen fighter representing Sweden.
“King of Kung Fu” won’t perform at UFC’s Fight island
Another Russian fighter was eliminated from the UFC Fight Night 180 tournament, which will be held on October 17 on Fight island in Abu Dhabi.
Representatives of the organization officially announced that James Krause agreed on short notice to replace Muslim Salikhov in the fight against Claudio Silva.
The reasons that prompted the Russian to refuse to participate in the event are not reported.
We will remind that earlier Russian fighters Shamil Abdurakhimov and Magomed Mustafayev dropped out of this card, and Nikita Krylov lost his opponent and his fight is in question.
Head of the UFC: “If Khabib will beat Haiti, he will fight with Ferguson»
The surprise that the UFC is preparing for Khabib Nurmagomedov will probably be the sixth attempt to organize a fight with Tony Ferguson for him.
This was announced in an interview with Sports Illustrated by UFC President, Dana white.
“If Khabib beats Gaitji, you will get a fight with Tony Ferguson, which we are currently working on,” said the head of the UFC. “And I hope this time Ferguson’s fight with Khabib will take place, because I know how people want to see it»
“I don’t think any fight broke down as many times as this one. I admit that the organization of this match scares me. What will happen this time? Will an asteroid fall to Earth? Not otherwise there will be a global catastrophe”
The lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitji will be the main event of the UFC 254 tournament, which will be held on October 24 in Abu Dhabi.