At UFC 294, Khamzat Chimaev makes his long-awaited return to the Octagon after a frustrating period of inactivity.
Facing off with Paulo Costa in Abu Dhabi on October 21, everyone knows that this fight is going to produce chaos.
Given both men’s track records for causing mayhem in the Octagon and entertainment/controversy during fight week, you won’t forget about this one in a hurry.
It has long been rumoured that Chimaev was currently too big to fight at welterweight once again and he recently proved that with a photo shared on his Twitter.
As he continues to flip between the welterweight and middleweight weight classes, “Borz” currently looks primed for the heavier division of the two.
Katsaso I coming for you 🤪🤪🤪👊🏼💥 pic.twitter.com/lEV9N3E43s
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) July 26, 2023
Khamzat Chimaev Returns To The Middleweight Division After A Three-Year Absence
Though one of the first things that impressed the UFC about Chimaev was his willingness to fight at two weights, it’s been a while since we have seen him do it.
Aside from his late notice catchweight contest against Kevin Holland at UFC 279 last year, “Borz” has been climbing up the welterweight rankings with wins over Li Jingliang and Gilbert Burns.
In facing Costa, Chimaev will fight at 185-pounds for the first time since his 17-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert back in Sep. 2020 in third UFC fight.
Whilst it isn’t surprising to see Chimaev back up at middleweight, we’ve definitely never see him in this kind of shape before which brings into question whether he will return to welterweight in the future.