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Midnight Mania! Khamzat unfollows Dana White, UFC matchmakers, and Darren Till amidst troubles booking a fight

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UFC 279: Chimaev v Holland Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

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We’re nearly six months into 2023, and Khamzat Chimaev has yet to book a fight. Why?!?

The answer depends on who you ask. According to UFC President Dana White, Chimaev has been dealing with “personal stuff,” which explains away his absence since his quick submission win over Kevin Holland at UFC 279 (watch highlights). However, “Borz” himself denies that claim. He says he’s been ready to fight for months, and based on the constant clips of him ragdolling training partners, he certainly looks ready to go.

One way or another, it’s confusing to see Chimaev keep calling out men like Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira without any fight ever materializing. Perhaps there’s some real beef brewing here, because eagle-eyed Twitter user RainManMMA noticed that Chimaev has unfollowed top UFC officials like White, as well as the matchmakers Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard.

Oh, and his bromance buddy Darren Till got the ax too! All who remain on Chimaev’s follow list are social media influencer (and accused rapist) Andrew Tate and Abu Dhabi MMA figure Tam Khan.

Maybe it’s nothing, maybe it’s something. Either way, Chimaev remains unbooked, and there are still obstacles to finalizing the talked about match up versus former Welterweight kingpin Kamaru Usman.

We’ll just have to wait and see.


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