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Khamzat Chimaev claims he was willing to give up his £1.7m wallet to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 279 after weighing SEVEN POUNDS over the limit for their proposed fight… before the Swedish star instead was forced to meet Kevin Holland in a backup match
- Khamzat Chimaev was willing to forfeit his entire fighting scholarship to face Nate Diaz
- Chimaev was seven and a half pounds over the weight limit at Friday’s weigh-in
- Instead, he made light work of Kevin Holland and secured a first-round entry
Khamzat Chimaev claims Nate Diaz turned down his offer to lose his wallet to ensure the fight went on after coming in heavy during Friday’s weigh-in.
The Swedish fighter insists he was willing to give up his £1.72 million ($2 million) wallet to fight veteran Diaz, who won his last fight to ensure he continues his career at a high level. concluded, as the pair were allowed to share the main event on the card.
Chamaev was seven-and-a-half pounds overweight to be the necessary weight to fight Diaz, and instead faced Kevin Holland, who presented little trouble for the three-time Swedish national wrestling champion.
Khamzat Chimaev made quick work of Kevin Holland after a first round entry
Russian-born Chimaev looked unconcerned when he weighed more than seven pounds over the limit
He told ESPN: “I was able to hit that weight, the doctor stopped that. So yes, what could I do now?
‘I was waiting [to see what] UFC said to me. I said I want to fight, so I’ll give all my money to that man.
“This was almost two million… so I said give all my money to that man, let him fight. If he is that gangster, he has to fight for money.
After Chamaev violated weight restrictions, Diaz defeated Tony Ferguson instead
“But he didn’t want to fight me, you know. So, who’s the gangster now?
“I was like if you want to switch people on me one day after I just lost 15 pounds to make me change my opponent, you have to give me more money than you give all to the champions of this organization.
“They said, ‘Dumb, we’ve already given you…’, then I thought, ‘Well, then I want more than that.'”
UFC President Dana White Has Rescheduled The Map So Chimaev Can Controversially Fight
As a result of the latest settlement change just before Saturday night’s fight, Diaz was amply compensated, as he hinted in his response to questions about the amount, simply saying, “I’ve lost count.”
Chamaev was still allowed to fight at UFC 279 – a move that has caused some controversy – and faced the Netherlands, which offered little resistance to the Swede.
The Netherlands had only been given 48 hours notice to prepare for the fight, which, according to the ever-outspoken Conor McGregor, will only encourage more fighters to go heavy to the octagon.
Conor McGregor has criticized the UFC for letting Chimaev fight despite the lack of weight
McGregor tweeted: “My opinion they should have taken Khamzat off the map altogether.
Reconfiguring battles, and having a more favorable battle for the failed cutter, will only cause many others in the game to follow suit.
“The grin on the scale was enough for me. Pull off the map and starve. McG UFC.”