Khabib Nurmagomedov makes ominous prediction, Eagle FC fighter asks to return to UFC, Joe Rogan knew about Khamzat Chimaev’s weight loss (September 16, 2022)

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Welcome to today’s edition of Sportskeeda’s daily MMA news digest, where we feature the biggest UFC updates and other stories from the world of mixed martial arts.

In this issue, we talk about Khabib Nurmagomedov making an ominous prediction about Islam Makhachev vs. Charles Oliveira, a former UFC fighter demanding his return, and more.


#3. “I just think Charles Oliveira won’t show up in Abu Dhabi” – Khabib Nurmagomedov

Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev scheduled for October 23
Charles Oliveira vs. Islam Makhachev scheduled for October 23

Khabib Nurmagomedov has worked to promote his protege Islam Makhachev’s title fight more than he has any fight of his own. He said uncharacteristically that Charles Oliveira (or anyone else) didn’t stand a chance against Makhachev.

In his last tweet, ‘The Eagle’ made a bold statement and said he believes Oliveira won’t show up in Abu Dhabi for the fight at UFC 280. Nurmagomedov further claimed that Makhachev will face Beneil instead. Dariush, who was slated to be a backup fighter for the lightweight headliner:

“I just think Charles Oliveira won’t show up in Abu Dhabi and the UFC will replace Charles with Beneil Dariush. Regardless of the opponent, @MAKHACHEVMMA is on its way to becoming the best in the world #ufc280”

I just think Charles Oliveira won’t show up in Abu Dhabi and the UFC will replace Charles with Beneil Dariush. Whatever the adversary, @MAKHACHEVMMA is on its way to becoming the best in the world #ufc280

Dariush is currently set to fight rising contender Mateusz Gamrot on the card.

With Abu Dhabi providing an advantage for the Dagestani’s hometown, Oliveira has made it clear that he is ready to fight anyone, anywhere. He also said he would fly to the United Arab Emirates 20 days before to get used to the weather conditions.


#2. Ray Borg wants his UFC job back

Ray Borg wants to come back
Ray Borg wants to come back

After several fight withdrawals due to injuries, illnesses and bad weight cuts, Ray Borg knew he was on thin ice with the UFC. His fears came true after he pulled out of the fight against Nate Maness in 2020 and was subsequently kicked out of the promotion.

What followed, by his own admission, were weeks of depression, which ultimately led to the decision to retire. However, he overcame the crisis with the help of his friends and family and eventually landed Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Eagle FC. After picking up back-to-back wins there over Cody Gibson and Ricky Bandejas, Borg now wants his old job back.

He tweeted at Dana White, Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard, demanding another chance:

“It’s been 2 years since I was cut from the UFC. I’ve been through a lot in that time and reinvented myself as a man. 3 straight wins, no hiccups or shit, and 2 of my 3 fights where fight of the bangers of the night. @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2 I want my job back!”

It’s been 2 years since I was cut from the UFC. I went through a lot during this time and reinvented myself as a man. 3 straight wins, no hiccups or shit, and 2 of my 3 fights where the bangers fight of the night. @danawhite @seanshelby @Mickmaynard2 I want my job back!

Borg is currently on a three-game winning streak, with another win at UAE Warriors 20.


#1. Jon Anik ‘sworn to secrecy’ by Joe Rogan over Khamzat Chimaev’s weight loss

Jon Anik was told about Khamzat Chimaev by Joe Rogan
Jon Anik was told about Khamzat Chimaev by Joe Rogan

Commentator Jon Anik revealed in an interview with Mike Heck of mma fight how he found out about the UFC 279 missing weight fiasco.

Anik says he learned of the situation from Joe Rogan, who called him at 9:30 a.m. the morning of the weigh-ins:

“Well, I was sworn to secrecy by the great Joe Rogan who called me at 9:30 in the morning and suggested that was what Dana White was trying to do. And I appreciated that because ‘At that point I was in the dark, you know, and every time I went out the media was looking for something.”

Watch Anik’s interview with MMA Fighting below:

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Dana White previously revealed the promotion “jumped” to save the card the morning of the weigh-ins, after a doctor told Chimaev not to lose any more weight.

Presumably Rogan may have been tipped off by White or another source within the company, who in turn tipped off Jon Anik.


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