“I Wanted To Beat Him Up”- Khamzat Chimaev Explains Why He Went to Ireland in 2018

Published 10/30/2021, 12:50 PM EDT


The Swedish prodigy, Khamzat Chimaev, has taken the UFC world by storm. The “Borz” has dominated every opponent that has been put in front of him in his professional career. Chimaev is hungry to earn himself the title and build a legacy for himself in the promotion.

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And His fighting style inside the octagon, as well as his attitude and charisma outside of it, has helped him become a fan favorite.

Recently, the ‘Borz’ broke the news and made headlines when he revealed to the media that he flew to Ireland in 2018. He told the media he went there to beat up “The Notorious” after he insulted Khabib Nurmagomedov in the lead-up to their fight.

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The Swedish fighter spilled the details to freelance reporter Zuba TV in an interview ahead of his upcoming fight at UFC 267. Chimaev claimed,”My mind was blowing up at the moment, but I’m living here very close to him. I was thinking that I would catch him in the streets or at the gym and beat him up. This is what he deserved.”

Honestly speaking, I wanted to beat him up,” said Khamzat. “Many people thought I was coming there to help him to prepare for Khabib. “I was coming there to protect our pride and honor. I was going there for all of us. If that would not have happened, I would have maybe thrown, I don’t know, some object.”

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At that time, Chimaev wasn’t that well-known to MMA fans. By beating him up, he felt that he would protect the pride of his community that Conor McGregor attacked by insulting Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khamzat Chimaev: his upcoming fight at UFC 267

Chimaev’s fight against the Corona Virus was pretty severe. Chimaev reportedly considered retiring before returning to full health and fitness. Due to his health concerns, ‘Borz’ couldn’t compete in the octagon for over thirteen months.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: Khamzat Chimaev of Czechia celebrates after his TKO victory over Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland in their welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Following a one-year hiatus, Khamzat Chimaev is poised to return to the UFC. At UFC 267, the ‘Borz’ will face Li Jingliang of China. Chimaev is currently on an impressive nine-fight winning streak and is unbeaten in his professional career. And he’ll look to further extend his victory record at UFC 267.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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