Sean Strickland thinks Khamzat Chimaev should stay at welterweight.
Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) came in at 7.5 pounds over the welterweight limit for his originally scheduled fight against Nate Diaz last Saturday at UFC 279. As a result, the card has got shuffled and he fought Kevin Holland, instead. , in a 180-pound catchweight bout.
“Borz” scored a dominant first-round submission from Holland. Although Chimaev’s head trainer, Andreas Michael, has hinted that his next fight will likely be at 185lbs, former welterweight and current middleweight contender Strickland likes Chimaev’s golden chances more. at welterweight.
“It’s tough,” Strickland said in an interview with Helen Yee. “If it hadn’t been for my accident, I would still be at welterweight and probably have a much better chance of winning a belt at welterweight. So, it’s one of those weird things where it’s like, would he enjoy middleweight life more? Fuck yeah. I have cheeseburgers – I’m a happy fat man.
“But that being said, at welterweight, life was fucking miserable. I ran every night. But he’ll have a better chance of being a welterweight champion, I’ll tell you. But I also understand that this cut is brutal, and if I didn’t have a motorcycle accident, I’d probably still be a welterweight.
Strickland (25-4 MMA, 12-4 UFC), who meets Jared Cannonier in the main event of UFC Fight Night on Dec. 17, believes Chimaev is one fight away from a title shot at welterweight. He sees former interim champion Colby Covington as the perfect opponent.
“He has to fight a high-ranking guy,” Strickland said. “I think Covington would be a great fight. He fought Gilbert Burns, but I think Covington should be his next fight and if he wins he should have a title shot.