Israel Adesanya takes aim at “rat lip” Khamzat Chimaev

"I saw the presser and he was just talking s**t"

While the MMA community seems caught up in the Khamzat Chimaev craze, middleweight champion Israel Adesanya doesn’t seem quite as interested.

Chimaev lined up his third straight win in the UFC this weekend, knocking out Gerald Meerschaert just 17 seconds into the first round. He has now finished three opponents in the UFC in the span of just 66 days, while absorbing just two total strikes in all three fights.

Following his latest win, Chimaev expressed a desire to be a two division champion at both welterweight and middleweight.

“Of course! Why not?” Khamzat Chimaev said when asked about fighting Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya. “I did hard work for that. I’m ready. Both divisions.

“If I do my hard work, nobody’s a challenge for me,” he also said. “I’m going to stop both guys.”


In a recent interview with Yahoo Sports, Adesanya said he wasn’t impressed with Chimaev – Who the champion says he hasn’t even seen compete.

“I don’t even know the guy, I haven’t seen his fights yet,” Adesanya said. “I saw the presser and he was just talking s**t. He was just casting his net. Have you seen him fight? Rat lip? Meh …

“Tim said he fought low level competition,” Adesanya added. “So he thinks I’m an easy fight … that’s interesting. I mean, everyone does this when they’re coming up, casting the net wide. Yeah, keep casting.”

Do you think Khamzat Chimaev will face Israel Adesanya within the near future?

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for