WHAT THE FUCK, CHIMAEV?!
How do you get handed the opportunity to destroy one of the biggest pay-per-view draws in the history of the sport on a golden platter and then fumble the bag like that?! HOW?!
….and can I ask you something? How are you gonna step on that scale with a smile on your face, shrug off missing weight by almost an entire division like, "Oh well!" - and then flip off the cameras?
AND THEN POST THIS TWEET?!?!
What the fuck Khamzat? Seriously - how dare you! How DARE you!
Right now it seems the fight is off, and the frontrunner to save the card would be Tony Ferguson moving up from his co-main event against Li "The Leech" Jingliang to instead face Nate Diaz in the main event. Personally, that's the fight I'd like to see the most out of all options on the table right now, so I really hope that comes together. That'd be a real scrap. Some would argue that's a better main event than the original, even!
I'd feel real bad for The Leech if that happened, not getting to show off his new suit OR fight this weekend, but business is business.
Dustin Poirier has also thrown his hat in the ring to step in and face Nate Diaz at 170lbs….
I don't think this is a likely scenario considering Poirier and Michael Chandler at Madison Square Garden was just made official this week, but anything's on the table at this point. I could even see the UFC trying to book Khamzat Chimaev in a catchweight bout against Kevin Holland (the two who were beefing yesterday at the presser) considering Holland was already preparing to fight at 180lbs this weekend.
Maybe you just pay Daniel Rodriguez and The Leech their win/show and say 'Thanks for coming, see ya next time!".
I'll update this blog when a new plan is announced.
Thanks a lot Khamzat.
P.S. Chimaev wasn't the only one to miss weight today….
What a shitshow. Even a heavyweight couldn't make weight. Dana must be fuming.