Former UFC middleweight champion heaps praise on Alex Pereira for calling out toughest fighters including Khamzat Chimaev

Alex Pereira (left) and Khamzat Chimaev (right). [via Getty Images]
Alex Pereira (left) and Khamzat Chimaev (right). [via Getty Images]

Khamzat Chimaev is considered one of the biggest fighters in the welterweight division and he's rumored to fight at middleweight next. Similarly, middleweight champion Alex Pereira is a significantly bigger fighter in his weight class and does not hold back from calling out some of the toughest fighters in the division.

In a recently uploaded video on his YouTube channel, Michael Bisping spoke about the title picture at 185 lbs and appreciated Pereira's fearlessness in calling out Chimaev.

He said:

"And that is why I respect Pereira so much. Right, he is willing to fight everybody. He wants Khamzat Chimaev, he's talking about going up to light heavyweight. He's talking about fighting everybody. Okay? He's aiming that bow and arrow at everyone he sees! Literally. Every time I see him on social media that's what he is doing. Love the guy. Big dude. Knockout power. But can he beat Robert Whittaker?"

Bisping then weighed in on a potential Whittaker vs. Pereira matchup and stressed the importance of style matchups in mixed martial arts fights. He gave the example of both Whittaker's failure to overcome Israel Adesanya and Adesanya himself falling to beat 'Poatan' on three separate occasions.

Catch Michael Bisping's full comments on his YouTube channel:


Khamzat Chimaev speaks out against far-right Swedish politician burning the Quran

Swedish politician Rasmus Paludan's utter disrespect for the Quran, the holy book revered by over a billion Muslims across the globe, drew out the ire of Khamzat Chimaev.

'Borz' is generally known to keep his beliefs to himself and does not center his public persona around his religious identity unlike Khabib Nurmagomedov, who is lauded across the Muslim world for the same.

Paludan burnt the Quran publicly in front of the Turkish embassy in Stockholm, Sweden. He was protected by a police escort as he went about his performative actions. Paludan's actions were met with criticism from several Middle Eastern and Muslim countries, including Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, and Indonesia.

Watch the video of Paludan burning the holy book on Twitter:

NATO üyeliğini yaktı!İsveç'in 'Ümit Özdağ'ı Rasmus Paludan, Türkiye'nin Stockholm Büyükelçiliği önünde polis koruması eşliğinde Kuran-ı Kerim yaktı #sondakika…

Chimaev took to Instagram to call out the actions of Paludan. He wrote:

"HE IS A TERRORIST FOR US, I AM MUSLIM BUT NEVER BEEN AGAINST ANYBODY'S RELIGION, NEVER DONE WHAT HE DOES TO ANYBODY's RELIGION, WHY YOU LET HIM DO THIS 🇸🇪? 👎🏼👎🏼👎🏼 👎🏼 we all shouldn't keep quiet, you call us brothers so show us some respect"

Check out Chimaev's fiery Instagram post below:

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Edited by Anurag Mitra
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