Reigning UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has revealed his honest, no-nonsense take on Khamzat Chimaev’s win over Kevin Holland at UFC 279, adding criticism to compliment.
Israel Adesanya slams Khamzat Chimaev for missing weight
UFC 279 saw one of the most dramatic buildups to an UFC event in history. The pre-fight brawl between Chimaev and Holland caused the presser to be dropped, which was followed with ‘Borz’ missing weight by a huge 7.5 pounds margin, resulting in a huge alteration of the fight card.
Chimaev was subbed out of the main event against Nate Diaz with Tony Ferguson, and was placed on a catchweight bout against Holland. Despite facing massive backlash from the fans for the brawl and not making weight, Chimaev earned a quick first-round victory, forcing a tap from Holland via D’arce choke submission.
Israel Adesanya, who never misses posting his reactions to UFC fights on his official YouTube channel, commented on the Chimaev vs. Holland fight in his latest upload. Even though Izzy praised Chimaev for being a couple of steps ahead of Holland in the Octagon, he also slammed the Swedish fighter for missing weight.
“Sh*t was crazy. Khamzat… Shout out to Kevin… Good sh*t,” said Adesanya, “He held a good account of himself; scrambling, sticking to the position. But Khamzat was just a step ahead, two steps ahead even. But he missed weight, so he a b*tch for that.” [H/T MMA News]
There have been a lot of mixed opinions on Chimaev missing weight and causing the fight card to be reshuffled, and many even pointed him out to be a potential Middleweight contender for weight into that range.
However prior to the event, Dana White gave an explanation behind Chimaev failing on the scale and claimed that it was advised by doctors to stop cutting weight to avoid getting locked up and cramps.
“So, what happened was he was cutting weight. If you saw him yesterday, he was very lean already and he should’ve come in on weight. He started to cut weight and you know, he started locking up and cramping. All things that happen from a bad cut,” White told SportsCenter while announcing the new fight card, “Unlike ten years ago, when we were doing this, we call and send a doctor up and he determines if he should keep cutting weight or not. The doctor told him he shouldn’t. So, we jumped on [saving this card] this morning.”