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Midnight Mania! Jake Shields, Paulo Costa have altercation with ‘fake gangster’ Khamzat Chimaev

*** Video: Watch UFC 279’s Khamzat Chimaev get restrained during heated altercation with Paulo Costa ***

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Khamzat Chimaev burst onto the scene in a fashion like few others. He won fights quickly, dominantly and hyped himself up immediately. “Borz” promised an undefeated run to a pair of titles, as well as threatening to eat any obstacle that stood in his way. True to his word, Chimaev has run up the ranks quickly, and he seems poised to devour Nate Diaz in the UFC 279 main event this weekend.

A big source of Chimaev’s trash talk often seems to revolve around labeling other fighters “fake gangsters.” However, Diaz’s longtime team mate and UFC 279 cornerman, Jake Shields, reveals that an earlier run-in Chimaev has the Chechen looking more fake. Per Shields, Chimaev started an altercation with Middleweight contender Paulo Costa, but he only did it while surrounded by his crew and with no real intention of fighting the Brazilian.

“I was there this morning working out with Paulo Costa, going over some techniques and just drilling, and all of a sudden Khamzat starts yelling at us and cussing Paulo like, ‘Well, you want to fight?’” Shields said (via MMA Junkie). “We look over, and it’s him and like 10 dudes.

“So Paulo jumps up and starts talking s—t. I run over to back up Paulo because I don’t know if they’re trying to jump him, right? There were a couple of guys, so I wasn’t sure if they were going to jump him. There were a couple of guys that we didn’t recognize.

“So we run over and start talking s—t and Khamzat keeps going, ‘Let’s fight now, let’s fight now,’ but as he’s saying that he’s walking down the stairs. It seemed like it was kind of more of an act for the cameras than anything. I guess someone said afterward that he was scoping us out for 10 minutes. If he wanted to fight Paulo, he would’ve run in there and started swinging on him, not stood outside the cage and say, ‘Let’s fight right now. Let’s fight right now.’

“It seemed kind of a weak thing. I guess that’s why he was upset because Paulo called him a fake gangster, and that was a perfect example of him being a fake gangster.”

Sounds like a classic “HOLD ME BACK BRO!” moment to me! Regardless, there will be no obstacles or additional team mates involved this weekend when Chimaev stares down Diaz. Fake gangster or not, “Borz” is still a gigantic favorite in that match up for a reason.

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BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

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