Is Khamzat Chimaev Related to Khabib Nurmagomedov?

Published 10/27/2021, 3:04 PM EDT


Khamzat Chimaev is an exceptional fighter from the UFC welterweight division. The 27-year-old fighter is a Russian-born Swedish MMA fighter. He started his fighting career in 2018 and has never lost a single fight. He is similar to Khabib Nurmagomedov in several aspects. 

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Owing to similarities in looks, his Russian origin, religion, same UFC manager, and an undefeated record, many people mistakenly think that the two fighters are related.

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However, this is not the case. They are not related and have, in fact, been on bad terms. It comes as a surprise to many people that Chimaev and Nurmagomedov had a feud going on. They had a fallout after Chimaev’s comments. Their clash settled after he apologized to the retired champion.

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The feud between Khamzat Chimaev and Khabib Nurmagomedov

Tensions started brewing between both of them after Chimaev said in an Instagram live session that he could smash Nurmagomedov. ‘The Eagle’ understandably did not like what the younger fighter said. This led to a series of two-and-fro arguments and mockery between them. Many fans thought that an epic fight between both the undefeated fighters would happen soon. 

However, Chimaev, later on, apologized to Khabib. He clarified the reason behind what he said and accepted his mistake. He said, “Some guy write something about me like, ‘Khabib going to smash you’, and I answer for this guy, but it was my wrong because I answer this bulls**t guy that nobody knows.”

Their manager, Ali Abdelaziz, confirmed and had updated TSN on the relationship between the fighters. He said, “And Khamzat, it take him three months to apologize about it. I respect him so much because fighters have so much ego, right? But I [knew] he was gonna do the right thing. Khabib is like an older brother to him.”

“We all have this kind of ranking among us. And he come out, and he right the wrong, and what is he gonna say about the guy? He put his ego to the side, and he apologized, and apology’s accepted.”

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It is great that Chimaev’s apology was accepted and both the fighters seem cordial. Khamzat Chimaev is busy prepping for his next fight against Li Jingliang at UFC 267. Chimaev and Jingliang have already started their fights outside the octagon and when they enter it, it will be a brutal war.

UFC 267 takes place on October 30 in Abu Dhabi. It has several exhilarating fights lined up. Interestingly, Khabib predicts Khamzat Chimaev will maul Jingliang. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s prediction makes the fight much more interesting to watch.

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What do you think about Chimaev’s relationship with Khabib? Did he do the right thing by apologizing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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