Geoff Neal on Khamzat Chimaev hype: ‘He hasn’t done enough’

Geoff Neal spoke to reporters about Khamzat Chimaev.

UFC Vegas 17 headliner Geoff Neal isn’t typically one to talk trash. He’s much more of the strong, silent, my-fists-do-the-talking type. That said, the no. 11-ranked UFC welterweight didn’t mince his words when asked about white-hot prospect Khamzat Chimaev.

“I don’t know if the hype is real,” Neal said of Chimaev. The 26-year old, Russian-born and Swedish-trained Chimaev has made a splash in 2020, going 3-0 with three dominant performances in the span of just two months. Chimaev is now scheduled to fight top contender Leon Edwards.

Neal, though, isn’t ready to buy the hype.

“We’ll see if the hype is real when he fights Leon,” Neal said. “From a fighter perspective, I don’t like it because he hasn’t done enough.

UFC Vegas 17 headliner Geoff Neal isn’t ready to buy the hype behind Khamzat Chimaev.

“But when it comes to business, I can’t hate the man. If I was in his same shoes, I’d be doing the same thing, so props to him. Honestly, I haven’t seen enough to say the hype is real or not. Him fighting Leon is gonna be a good test to see where he’s really at.”

While Chimaev could catapult himself to the top of the welterweight rankings with a win over Edwards, Neal also finds himself in a position to sit at or near the top of the rankings with a win over long-time contender Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Vegas 17.

“I’m gonna stick with what got me here. I didn’t get here by running my mount, and that’s not me… If I keep on winning, keep knocking people out, I’ll get to where I need to be,” he said.

A Dana White’s Contender Series alum, Neal is undefeated in the UFC across five bouts. Illness has sidelined Neal since December 2019, when he knocked out Mike Perry in under two minutes.

UFC Vegas 17 takes place on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020, live from UFC Apex in Las Vegas, NV. Follow along with FanSided, who is on-site, for all your live news and highlights.

Published at Fri, 18 Dec 2020 21:38:50 +0000

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