Belal Muhammad made it clear that he intends to be the next man to attempt to hand Khamzat Chimaev his first loss — and he has definitely caught Chimaev’s attention.
Following a dominant win over two-time UFC title challenger Stephen Thompson at UFC Vegas 45 this past Saturday, Muhammad mentioned that he would like to fight Chimaev next, something UFC president Dana White has claimed few on his roster have been interested in doing.
While Neil Magny has also called for the Chimaev fight on multiple occasions, Muhammad may leapfrog him in the Chimaev sweepstakes. “Remember The Name” told MMA Fighting that he wants to take on the undefeated Chimaev because, “You get the most hype beating a guy like him.”
Chimaev clearly heard all of the talk, and now the two are embroiled in a social media back-and-forth that began with Chimaev sharing a mock poster for their matchup.
Let’s gooooo to kill somebody🤪🤪🤪🤪 pic.twitter.com/be9ZQZY4Am
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) December 21, 2021
Muhammad responded by bringing up rumors that Chimaev was planning to retire last year as he battled severe COVID-19 symptoms.
“Didn’t you retire because you had a cold?” Muhammad wrote. “Don’t worry friend, I got some NyQuil for you.”
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) December 23, 2021