It appears as though the Twitter war started when Chimaev shared a photo of Muhammad getting poked in the eye by Leon Edwards with the caption, “When you got a finger in your eye you gave up, how you even gonna think to fight me? Bullshit boy.”
Of course, Muhammad was not going to let that tweet slide without a reply and responded back with an insult of his own.
Muhammad is coming off one of the biggest wins of his career, a dominant decision win over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. The win propelled him to the No. 5 rankings, a whole five places above his previous ranking.
Chimaev is one of the most highly sought welterweights, despite only being ranked No. 11.
This is a fact that doesn’t bother Muhammad in the slightest.
“To me, rankings don’t mean anything. It’s about hype,” Muhammad told MMA Fighting. “It’s about who the UFC wants to push and who’s that guy? Who’s that [Conor] McGregor now? Who’s that next big star? As we saw last year with [Jorge] Masvidal, where it’s like, you don’t have to be No. 2 to get the title shot. You don’t have to be No. 1 to get the title shot.