Khamzat Chimaev believes Gerald Meerschaert is overreacting to his double booking going to the UFC on ESPN + 36.
Chimaev (8-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is in an extremely rare position in UFC history and enters Saturday’s middleweight fight with Meerschaert (30-13 MMA, 6-5 UFC), which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streams on ESPN +. In addition to having this match lined up, he is also booked to fight Demian Maia in October down in welterweight.
Meerschaert has taken disrespect from the situation and felt that both Chimaev and UFC brass count him out before they even step into the octagon. However, Chimaev does not see it as a big deal.
“I do not know why he is not respected,”
Although Chimaev has shown a lack of emotion around everything in public, this was apparently not the case when he saw Meerschaert in private. The couple ran into each other at the fighter hotel in combat week, and words were exchanged.
Meerschaert accounted for the moment he spoke to the media, and Chimaev’s story was a little different.
“He talks too much, he talks too much,” Chimaev said. “He says, ‘You do not respect me.’ I did not like that. I said, ‘I want to crush you, chicken.’ And he says nothing and I go from there. ”
All talk will be over when the two enter the octagon on Saturday, and Chimaev said he will treat Meerschaert the same way he has every other opponent in his career. With a skewed finish.
“I feel better everywhere,” Chimaev said. “I fight better, I fight better. I’m better at beating. No one wants to stop me. … I do not know what will happen Saturday night, but I’m going 100 percent to kill this guy. I know. With everything to finish him off. ‘”