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Joe Rogan on why Whittaker is the biggest test for Khamzat



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Joe Rogan and Khamzat Chimaev. Photo Instagram and Stefan Romare

Podcaster and UFC commentator Joe Rogan thinks former middleweight Robert Whittaker will present the most serious threat for undefeated Khamzat Chimaev so far.

“Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev in Saudi Arabia, that one is going to be fucking wild. That’s a wild one,” Rogan said on a recent episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience”. “That is a wild fight.”

The middleweight fight will be Chimaev’s first five-rounder since joining the promotion back in 2020 and serves as the main event on UFC Saudi Arabia on June 22.

“Whittaker vs. Khamzat is legit. That’s a real fight. That’s a real fight for Khamzat because Whittaker is a big dude. He’s a big, solid, beefy 185, former champion. Both guys started at 170, but it was too hard to make the 170. That’s a real 185er.”

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“Not enough time to get a guy to prepare for Khamzat”

Chimaev comes from a win against former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in October last year. Usman took the fight on short notice but presented a tough challenge for the undefeated star.

“Obviously, Kamaru is world-championship caliber, the best welterweight of all time by most people’s accounts. It’s not enough time. It’s not enough time to get a guy to prepare for Khamzat. At least we got a chance to see what Khamzat looks like against a world-class, world championship-caliber fighter. This is a big one. This is Robert Whittaker with plenty of time to prepare – a guy who is just as legit as they get (and) just beat Paulo Costa. That’s a good fight. I like that.”

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