UFC middleweight number three, Jared Cannonier, could be the next opponent for Khamzat Chimaev, who plans to return to the middleweight division in the fall.
This was announced by American middleweight Brendan Allen, who last weekend extended his winning streak to five matches, finishing in the first round with a rear naked choke of Brazilian Bruno Silva.
“My manager, Ali Abdelaziz, told me not to call Cannonier because he already has a fight – he will fight in the contenders,” Allen said in an interview with Megan Olivy after the UFC on ABC 5 tournament. “Honestly, I already said more than Ali allowed to speak, so I apologize in advance”
At the same time, the American refused to answer a direct question about whether Kannonir would fight Chimaev.
“I’ll take the fifth amendment and I won’t answer,” the middleweight said with a smile.
As you know, the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, among other things, guarantees every citizen the right to remain silent and not answer questions that may incriminate him.
Former UFC middleweight title contender Jared Cannonier picked up his second straight win a week ago with a five-round unanimous decision over Marvin Vettori. Prior to that, the 39-year-old American got his career back on track after losing to Israel Adesanya with a split decision win over Sean Strickland.
Khamzat Chimaev, 29, is undefeated, on a six-win streak in the UFC, and continues to sit fourth in the organization’s welterweight division. Not so long ago, the Chechen fighter announced that he was ready to fight two fights in less than two months – the first on September 2 at UFC Fight Night 226 in Paris, and the second on October 21 at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.