Khamzat Chimaev vs Alex Pereira: Chimaev will be a ‘big problem’ for UFC champion Alex

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Khamzat Chimaev's rival Paulo Costa has endorsed him to present a "major difficulty" to

the newly crowned UFC middleweight champion Alex Pereira.

Chimaev is anticipated to go up to 185 pounds following a meteoric rise at 170 pounds that

was called into question after he failed to make weight for his anticipated UFC fight with Nate Diaz.

When questioned about a possible battle between Chimaev and Pereira,

Costa responded to Submission Radio that “He wants to beat Alex in Rio [de Janeiro],

He is smart! I think if he fought Alex, it will be a big problem to Alex because

Alex has no grappling, you know. MMA, bro, it’s so different to kickboxing.

I think the odds are against Alex if the fight happens.”