Brendan Allen Slams UFC Rankings for Khamzat Chimaev’s Middleweight Spot

    doesn’t agree with Khamzat
    being ranked in the
    Ultimate Fighting Championship
    ’s middleweight division.

    Chimaev (13-0) made his long-awaited permanent move to middleweight
    at UFC 294 last month against short-notice replacement Kamaru
    (20-4), who also made his debut at 185 pounds. A -300
    favorite on some sportsbooks going into the fight, “Borz” managed
    to eke out a majority decision.

    While the fight was widely believed to be a middleweight title
    eliminator, Chimaev was allegedly not even discussed as a potential
    opponent while booking Sean
    ’s upcoming defense against Dricus Du
    UFC 297
    on Jan. 20.

    However, “Borz” landed directly at No. 8 on the middleweight ladder
    as per the newly updated UFC rankings.

    No. 10 ranked middleweight Brendan
    slammed the UFC ranking system for giving Chimaev a spot
    in the Top 10 of the division, despite him having not fought a true
    middleweight, let alone a ranked one.

    “It wasn’t a middleweight fight. They weighed in at ‘85, but
    they’re both 170s. I don’t know how you rank — I don’t know if
    anyone here’s on the panel, but if you do, I don’t like you,” said
    Allen during UFC Fight Night 232 media day ahead of his main event
    meeting with Paul Craig.
    “I’m just going to be honest. “It’s bullsh*t. This guy hasn’t beat
    an ‘85er. He hasn’t beat an ‘85er, especially a ranked ‘85er. He
    beat the No. 1 170 guy. Cool. Congratulations. I think everyone can
    agree a five-round fight, Kamaru wins and that was off the couch.
    Keep him at ‘70 and rank him No. 1, do that. This is a different

    Allen further accused the rankings system of being motivated by
    factors other than pure skill. Based on performance and activity,
    Allen believes there are several fighters who don’t deserve their
    spots in the Top 15.

    “The rankings are absolutely political bullsh*t. It’s people going
    off of what? It’s politics because it’s not off of skill. If we’re
    going off pure skill there’s tons of guys that shouldn’t be in. How
    do we have guys that haven’t fought in two years in the rankings?
    Three years. How is that a thing? It shouldn’t even be close. There
    should be guidelines. You have to fight at least this many times —
    at least once a year. If you don’t, you get pulled.”

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