“People tell me ‘Hamzat will fight Colby’ but the point is Colby won’t accept this fight,” Muhammad was quoted as saying by MMAFighting. “Look who Colby is fighting and who he is calling. He’s calling lightweights and now that he has a broken tooth, he’ll be out for a couple of years until he gets some money from Jorge Masvidal.”
“I don’t think Colby would agree to fight any of us. He’s looking for underdogs or lightweights, and in general I think he’ll try to get Nate Diaz or Nick Diaz to fight. He will wait for one of these fights, and will not answer a serious challenge.
“I’m a guy who likes to stay active and I know that Khamzat likes to fight a lot too. We just had fights with him, and our fight makes a lot of sense, given the closeness of the title chance “
“If Khamzat fights Colby and I fight someone else and Khamzat beats Colby, he will get a title shot before me. So I would prefer to fight him in a five-round fight, the winner of which will go to the title fight. From my point of view, it makes a lot of sense.”
Recall that last weekend Belal Muhammad defeated Vicente Luque by unanimous decision, and Khamzat Chimaev a week earlier won by unanimous decision against Gilbert Burns, taking third place in the organization’s welterweight ranking.