Joe Rogan Predicts Fireworks in Khamzat vs. Whittaker Clash

"A wild match," predicts Joe Rogan.

A True Test for Khamzat

Joe Rogan anticipates an explosive encounter when Khamzat Chimaev squares off against Robert Whittaker at the upcoming UFC event in Saudi Arabia on June 22. Chimaev’s last outing at UFC 294 marked his definitive move to the middleweight division, where he secured a majority decision win over former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Despite his victory, Chimaev faced criticism for barely overcoming a welterweight who had only ten days to prepare for the fight.

Stepping Up to Middleweight

The win catapulted Chimaev to a top spot in the middleweight rankings, despite not having defeated any ranked middleweights in the UFC. Rogan believes the match against Whittaker will be Chimaev’s first real test in the division and a determinant of his readiness to compete for the title.

Rogan’s Take

“It’s a wild match,” Rogan commented on his podcast. “This is a real match for Khamzat because Whittaker is a big guy, a muscular middleweight, and a former champion. This is a real middleweight unlike – they gave him Kamaru Usman, who didn’t even get a chance to prepare for it.”

The Big Picture

“Whittaker is as good as they come, having recently defeated Paulo Costa. This is a significant fight for both athletes,” Rogan added.


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Chimaev’s Path Forward

Chimaev, one of the organization’s brightest stars, has faced setbacks due to health issues and travel difficulties to the US. A victory over the third-ranked Whittaker, who has only lost to Israel Adesanya and Dricus du Plessis at middleweight, would potentially secure Chimaev a title shot and reignite his momentum.


Joe Rogan on his podcast: “It’s a wild match,” “This is a real match for Khamzat.”

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