Rising UFC contestant Khamzat Chimaev has been on social media after posting a Twitter post alongside a pair of ring girls covered in laughing emojis.
Welterweight star Chimaev was recently seen in action in a wrestling bout at Bulldog Fight Night 9 in Sweden with fellow UFC fighter Jack Hermansson.
The feeling of Chechen origin took the distance by the Swede before being declared the comfortable winner on points.
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Part of the entertainment for the event included Chimaev posing alongside a pair of ring girl beauties – one of whom, Denisa Gudelj, posted the image on her Instagram account.
Taking to Twitter to post his own cryptic post on Wednesday, a winking, hooded Chimaev was seen inside the cage flanked by models at the event in Gothenburg, adding the caption ‘no ring girls ”followed by three laughing emojis.
Laughing emojis have also been placed on the ring girls in the image.
There was no further comment, but the thoughts of some fans immediately drifted away from the remarks of former UFC lightweight champion Dagestan Khabib Nurmagomedov earlier this year.
Discussing the role of ring girls in the context of his own Eagle FC MMA promotion, devout Muslim Khabib said they were essentially “unnecessary”.
This sparked a backlash from a number of UFC Octagon girls such as Brittney Palmer as well as mockery from Khabib’s longtime nemesis Conor McGregor.
Khabib, however, later said he was not concerned.
“I know, all the time I say a lot of weird things too, but I don’t care. This is my opinion: I was born with it, I grew up with it and I have [delivered in] law [style] my opinion, ”said the undefeated Russian star.
“Sometimes when I say something people don’t agree with it but I don’t care because I know I’m right in my head.
“This is my promotion and I am making decisions,” Khabib added. “I will do whatever I want, not [UFC boss Dana White] or other people.
“Dana can do whatever he wants. Sometimes he also does things that I don’t understand, but I never judge him – it’s his decision because his name is Dana White, my name is Khabib. If I have an opinion, I just say it. “
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Chimaev, meanwhile, is currently awaiting his next UFC assignment after erasing all four men he has faced in the Octagon so far.
The latest was China’s Li Jingliang, who was submitted by ‘Borz’ in the first round of their 170-pound contest at UFC 267 in late October.
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This propelled the 10-0 Chimaev to 10th in the welterweight standings, with calls for him to face a significant breakthrough in the competition in his next fight as the Sweden-based sensation prepares a potential shot for the title.