UFC middleweight Khamzat Chimaev has set the MMA world ablaze after securing a thunderous first-round KO over Gerald Meerschaert. The end came in just 00:17 of the very first round and the hype behind ‘Borz’ has truly taken shape. The Swedish-Russian fighter improved to 9-0 and has looked like a tyrant in the UFC in his nascent career.
— UFC_AUSNZ (@UFC_AUSNZ) September 20, 2020
What’s more, Khamzat has been versatile in moving between different weight classes in the promotion. Not to mention, he is a record holder for fighting twice in just 10 days during the company’s visit to Fight Island. With another sensational win under his belt, Khamzat Chimaev will look to carry forward his momentum into the company’s second trip to Yas Island.
Twitter explodes after Khamzat Chimaev earns a statement KO win
UFC President Dana White couldn’t contain his excitement over Chimaev’s performance over ‘GM3’. Moreover, the long-time boss of the company has backed up Khamzat from the beginning and it’s easy to see why.
HOOOOOOOLY FUCKING SHIT!!!!!!!!!!
— danawhite (@danawhite) September 20, 2020
On the other hand, UFC veteran Belal Muhammad consoled Meerschaert after his disappointing outing. Additionally, a key narrative was Gerald’s goal to stop his opponent from making his second fight in Abu Dhabi a reality.
Ugh this sport is ruthless love u @The_Real_GM3
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) September 20, 2020
Furthermore, former UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones gave a shout-out to Khamzat after his decisive win.
Congratulations my dude, you’re the real deal pic.twitter.com/Wo2Rjf4nIH
— BONY (@JonnyBones) September 20, 2020
Not to mention UFC commentator Joe Rogan and fellow UFC standout fighters were quick to comment on the legitimacy of Khamzat. His astronomical rise in the company led to many detractors of the undefeated prospect.
There is no doubt now. @KChimaev is THE TRUTH.
— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 20, 2020
CHIMAEV is seriously a different beast!!! 😱😱 #UFCVegas11
— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) September 20, 2020
What a statement win for Chimaev, who has now won 3 UFC fights in 66 days! Unreal. Next up, Demian Maia. #UFCVegas11
— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) September 20, 2020
— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) September 20, 2020
Moreover, Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier dropped a video grab on Twitter and commented on Chimaev’s win. Chiefly, ‘DC’ expressed his excitement to dissect his performance with famed ESPN reporter Ariel Helwani on their show.
@khamsat_chimaew just went right through this dude. @arielhelwani I can’t wait until Monday to discuss this dude. I’m driving The hype train now AH!! :17 seconds. How could this be happening? pic.twitter.com/rx1dc7IF8U
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 20, 2020
What’s more, UFC staple Raquel Pennington touched upon the fact that the aforementioned fight card was chalked with finishes. From the preliminary section of the card, fighters have not failed to deliver on the action.
So many first round finishes tonight!!!! #UFCVegas11
— Raquel Pennington (@RockyPMMA) September 20, 2020
Khamzat Chimaev has truly set himself apart from his contemporaries with his most recent performance. The sky is the limit for ‘Borz’ who will look to maintain his upward trajectory.
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