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Khamzat details UFC 279 weight cut: “You guys don’t know what happened”



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Khamzat Chimaev. Photo: Johnathon Michael/

At UFC 279, Khamzat Chimaev was scheduled to headline against Nate Diaz in a high profile welterweight bout.

However, after missing the 170 lbs mark with seven pounds he was heavily criticized by fans and fighters. Recently visiting The MMA Hour, “Borz” detailed what happened before the weigh-ins.

“I almost made the weight. Everyone says ‘he was over 8 lbs’ and that shit. You guys don’t know what happened with that one. I almost made weight, it was like 900 grams [left], I don’t know about pounds but it was under one kil0 [left]. Then the doctor and my coach stopped the weight cut and said I couldn’t make it,” Chimaev said.

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Khamzat: “My body was shocked”

According to Chimaev, he was very close to reach 170 lbs before the doctors forced him to stop.

“It was 900 grams, it’s nothing. But my body was shocked, you know? It was crazy. A crazy weight cut. I wanted to continue [cutting weight] but the doctor [said no]. Somebody called an ambulance, I don’t know who did that but they stopped the cut. They wanted to take me to the hospital, but if they would take me to the hospital I knew that they’d never let me fight. I didn’t want to go there, I would’ve never gone there. I wanted to fight.”

“Then they called the UFC and spoke with my manager and they said that we were going to fight Kevin Holland. [They said] ‘let him drink and make up his weight to 80 kg’ and that we were going to fight at 80 kg with this guy. Then we started to drink the water and go up the weight.”

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