Stephen Thompson has completely no hobby in combating Khamzat Chimaev, telling fans in a fresh YouTube video that the UFC newcomer has no industry combating a top-5 ranked welterweight such as ‘Wonderboy’ at this early stage in his occupation.
Thompson, who is support within the a hit column following his unanimous determination pick over Vincente Luque at UFC 244, explained why the Chimaev matchup doesn’t assemble sense and the procedure in which it would be unfair for an unranked fighter to leapfrog various, extra deserving welterweights such as Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards.
“No, I’m no longer combating him, man. I point out, it factual doesn’t assemble sense for me at this level,” Thompson acknowledged. “I’m ranked No. 5 to combat a man who is unranked? You know what I point out,” Thompson acknowledged (h/t Abhinav Kini of The Body Lock MMA).
“… I fought masses of guys to get to the set up I’m at. And masses of various combatants fought masses of guys to get the set up they’re at so I don’t gaze why it’s okay for him to soar past all people.”
Chimaev most efficient made his UFC debut in July whereas Thompson, 37, has fought within the UFC for over eight years and established himself as a top-5 welterweight. Chimaev, who hails from Russia however fights out of Stockholm, Sweden, is undefeated at 9-0 and has won all three fights under the UFC banner by activity of stoppage. The twin-division fighter is believed of by UFC president Dana White to be one amongst the supreme potentialities on the planet and, whereas that could possibly perchance very effectively be appropriate, Thompson doesn’t feel Chimaev is ready for the mountainous leagues factual but.
Chimaev final fought at UFC Battle Night 178,