Ahead of his upcoming return this weekend at UFC 267, undefeated welterweight prospect, Khamzat ‘Borz’ Chimaev has provided his thoughts on former two-weight champion, ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor — claiming that it’s impossible to have any respect for the Dubliner as a person.
Chimaev, 3-0 since his UFC bow in July of last year, last featured in September of last year at UFC Vegas 11 — stopping Roufusport grappler, Gerald Meerschaert with a stunning, 17-second one-punch knockout victory.
The Chechen-born finisher is now slated to make his Octagon return this weekend at the site of his promotional debut in Abu Dhabi, UAE — featuring in the main card opener of UFC 267 as he draws the #11 ranked welterweight contender, Li Jingliang in an important bout for the AllStars MMA trainee as he attempts to re-enter the official welterweight top-15.
Speaking with Russian outlet, Zuba TV recently, Chimaev explained that while the aforenoted, McGregor achieved spectacular success within combat sports, he maintained he has no respect for the 33-year-old as a person.
“Do I like Conor [McGregor] exactly as an athlete? Yes,” Chimaev said. “He achieved everything in the UFC — he was a champion in two weight classes. This I respect with him. But it is impossible to respect him as a person.“
Chimaev’s comments come off the back of recent allegations brought against McGregor by Italian DJ and media personality, Francesco Facchinetti, who alleged that the Crumlin native assaulted him during an unprovoked attack in Rome, Italy earlier this month, leaving him with a laceration to his lip, a broken nose, as well as a concussion.
Labeling the Dubliner as “dangerous” Facchinetti and his attorney have since officially filed charges against McGregor, who returned to his native Dublin last weekend following his prolonged trip to Rome with his family and fiancée, Dee Devlin as the couple baptized their third child, Rían at the Vatican.
In his UFC debut back in July of last year on Yas Island, Chimaev, an alum of Brave CF — managed to stop John Philips with a second round D’Arce choke, before stopping debutante, Rhys McKee with ground strikes just 10-days later inside three minutes.
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