Khamzat Chimaev breaks protocol and makes unprecedented request to the UFC to fight Robert Whittaker

Opponent of former middleweight champion in inaugural event in Saudi Arabia, company's pupil dares to suggest 'alternative confrontation'

Khamzat Chimaev fighting Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFCKorea

Khamzat Shimaev in fight against Kamaru Usman No. UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFCKorea

Escalated to face Robert whittaker No. UFC Saudi Arabia, Khamzat Shimaev he exuded confidence in the commitment and suggested breaking protocol for the fight. Opponent of the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg), the Ultimate student proposed that the clash should have 10 rounds scheduled. The idea was published on the fighter's social networks and later deleted.

“We’re going to do a 10-round fight for the first time. Come on, UFC and Dana White”, wrote Chimaev, on his profile on X, old Twitter.

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A bet for the future of Ultimate, Chimaev debuted as an official middleweight representative at the end of last season. On that occasion, the fighter overcame Kamaru Usman in a challenge marked by balance.

Willing to regain his status as a title challenger, Whittaker will step into the Octagon with the duty of defending his third position in the rankings led by Dricus Du Plessis. In his last appearance, the Australian scored victory against Paulo borrachinha.

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In the official announcement of the fight between Chimaev and Robert, Dana White raised the stakes. According to the UFC president, whoever triumphs will win the right to challenge the champion for the group title.

Khamzat Shimaev proposed a 10-round fight against Robert whittaker. Photo: Reproduction/X, former Twitter

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