Conor McGregor: Khamzat Chimaev’s lack of weight should have cost him UFC 279 fight

In Conor McGregorAccording to the UFC’s estimation, the UFC sent the wrong message to Khamzat Chimaev and other fighters after the Chechen star’s huge weight loss for UFC 279.

McGregor echoed the irritation over Chimaev’s behavior on the scales during the official weigh-ins, where he lost 7.5 pounds for a now canceled fight with Nate Diazand said if he was in charge of the UFC, the 28-year-old star wouldn’t be fighting on Saturday night.

“My opinion, they should have removed the khamzat [sic] entirely off the map,” McGregor wrote on Twitter. “Reconfiguring fights, and with a more favorable fight for the missed cutter, will only ensure that many others in the game follow suit.

“The smirks on the scale where [sic] enough for me. Pull off the map and starve yourself. Mc UFC.

Chimaev’s lack of weight was the catalyst for a massive shakeup at the top of Saturday’s pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena. He now faces Kevin Hollandwho he reportedly fought backstage ahead of the event’s press conference, while Diaz takes on Tony Ferguson.

Following the reshuffle, Ferguson’s original opponent, Li Jingliangnow faces Daniel Rodriguez, who was originally scheduled to meet Holland in a 180-pound bout. Jingliang gives up a significant height disadvantage to Rodriguez after cutting to 170.5 pounds while Rodriguez hit 179.

Chimaev blamed his weight loss on the decision of a UFC-appointed doctor, who determined he couldn’t lose any more bulk. UFC President Dana White said the Chechen fighter had complained of cramps and other ailments related to weight loss before the doctor’s evaluation.

When he took the stage for the UFC 279 weigh-in ceremonies, Chimaev was booed roundly by the crowd.

For Diaz, the fight with Chimaev is the last obligation of his current contract with the UFC after a long and dramatic period in his career. When he took the stage, he sent the audience into a frenzy by blasting Chimaev.

McGregor praised Diaz, his two-time opponent, for the undoubtedly favorable turn of events. He also hosted a trilogy with the Stockton, Calif. star after their blockbuster reunions at UFC 196 and UFC 202.

“Congratulations to Nate Diaz on reaching the end of his contractual obligations with the UFC and as a bona fide superstar,” he wrote. “An incredible feat. Fair play.

“Our trilogy will happen.”

Prior to fighting Chimaev, Diaz thought the UFC wanted to keep him under contract for the trilogy with McGregor. Unfortunately, he said he didn’t want to wait for the former two-division champion to rebuild after back-to-back losses and asked to be released from his contract.

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