Huge Update on UFC Star Khamzat Chimaev’s Training and 2023 Campaign

Published 01/25/2023, 2:33 AM EST

Khamzat Chimaev has undoubtedly been among the, if not the biggest, break-out fighters last year. After huge wins over Gilbert Burns and Kevin Holland, the 28-year-old has set himself up as one of the most exciting names in the promotion. Chimaev, now ranks number 3 in the welterweight division, had probably the biggest win of his career when he beat former title contender Gilbert Burns in a three-round slugfest at UFC 273. Now the Swede is back where he spent a part of the camp for that fight in Phuket, Thailand.

Although Chimaev trains out of Allstar gym in Sweden, he also spends a good amount of time in Phuket. Tiger Muay Thai has some of the top UFC athletes like Petr Yan, Alexander Volkanovski etc. visiting the gym for their camps. Thus, it’s not a surprise that Chimaev also spends a considerable amount of time here. The famed gym in Thailand recently posted a huge update about Chimaev’s return.

Tiger Muay Thai welcomes Khamzat Chimaev back to camp

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Although there has been no official announcement of Chimaev’s upcoming fights, the Russian-born fighter is expected to make a run for the title this year. The 28-year-old, no doubt, needs to stay in fighting shape throughout the year if he plans on climbing up the rankings. Thus it’s not surprising that he returned to Thailand to stay sharp, as claimed by the gym’s recent tweet.

In a fresh post on the gym’s Twitter profile, they welcomed the undefeated fighter back to the gym: “Welcome back to Tiger Muay Thai to Khamzat Chimaev! Khamzat spent a large portion of his fight camp here at Tiger Muay Thai to prepare for his victory over Gilbert Burns last year, and is now back here to stay sharp while awaiting his next bout to be confirmed.” 

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Is this update a sign of a big announcement to come? Since fighters like to train at TMT when they have a big fight coming up, maybe we might be getting a new update pretty soon.

Khamzat Chimaev’s previous camps in Tiger Muay Thai for UFC 273

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Chimaev vs Burns was one of the best fights of 2022 which saw the two welterweights battle their heart out in a bloody slugfest. Gilbert Burns gave the undefeated star a true test of his mental and physical limits. Although Chimaev emerged victorious, he was quick to commend the Brazilian’s toughness.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – APRIL 09: Khamzat Chimaev of Russia poses for a portrait after his victory during the UFC 273 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on April 09, 2022 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

The athlete had spent a good part of the camp leading to the fight in Tiger Muay Thai. Undoubtedly, the training there must have helped him, as TMT is known for having a plethora of MMA stars trained there as well. 

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As Chimaev waits for a fight, his move to Thailand is a big update for fans. Undoubtedly, he is working on staying in peak shape as he awaits a fight confirmation. In a way, this might be a sign that we are finally inching closer to a big Chimaev fight announcement soon.

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Pragjyoti Singh

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Pragjyoti is a UFC writer at Essentially Sports. He is extremely passionate about MMA and has a good understanding of the sport and its technicalities. Having trained in the sport along with a passion for journalism, it has helped him develop a keen interest in the UFC and anything related to the promotion.

Edited By: Rohini Kottu

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