The connection between Khamzat Chimaev and Khabib Nurmagomedov appears to have hit a snag. The rising UFC prospect said that he and the former UFC lightweight champion had a falling out over what he claims was a misunderstanding over some social media comments. Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) responded to a fan on social media who predicted Nurmagomedov would “smash him,” saying he would do the same to the retiring UFC great.
The Chechen boxer now claims that there was a misunderstanding and that he didn’t mean it as a personal attack on Nurmagomedov, but rather as a fighter willing to fight anyone.“Some guy writes something about me like, ‘Khabib is going to destroy you,’ and I answer for him, but it was my mistake because I answer to this scumbag who no one knows,” Chimaev told Frontkick. online. “I tell him that if he wants to smash me, I’ll smash him as well. (I responded) in this manner because I’m a true man and I’m going to respond in this manner. What do you want me to say if someone threatens to bash you?
“He said, ‘Khabib is going to smash you,’ and in my head, if someone says he’s going to smash you, I automatically respond, ‘Nobody is going to smash me.’ I’m going to annihilate everyone.’“Unless you’re some chicken who can’t stay up, you have to think like that if you’re a true man.” Sometimes you forget you’re famous, and I became famous overnight, and then you wake up and believe your life is back to normal.”
“It’s this guy.” Chimaev stated, “I looked up to him in the beginning, and I still look up to him now because he’s a champion and one of the best fighters in the world.” “People believe I despise him, but I adore him because he is a Muslim. I am a devout Muslim. It’s as though he’s from the same hamlet as me, from the same country. Chechnya, Dagestan, and other little republics are still the same. I have a lot of Dagestan brothers, and yes, I’m Muslim, and he’s Muslim — alhamdulillah.”