Khamzat Chimaev Agrees to Fight Former UFC Welterweight Title Challenger on April 9

Published 01/07/2022, 7:00 AM EST
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)

Two of the biggest names in the UFC’s welterweight division have agreed to fight each other. MMA world’s rising star, and brightest prospect, Khamzat Chimaev has accepted to fight Gilbert Burns on April 9, 2022.

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Burns is a former UFC welterweight title challenger. He took on ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Kamaru Usman at UFC 258 and lost the fight via TKO in the third round. He bounced back from the win with an impressive performance against one of the toughest men in the division, Stephen Thompson. Burns took ‘Wonderboy’ down on multiple occasions and cruised to a unanimous decision to win at UFC 264.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – FEBRUARY 13: Gilbert Burns of Brazil prepares to fight Kamaru Usman of Nigeria in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 258 event at UFC APEX on February 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Chimaev, on the other hand, is one of the biggest stars in the world. He last entered the octagon at UFC 267, where he took on Li Jingliang. ‘Borz‘ completed dominated the opponent, who was supposed to be his toughest test to date. At one point in the fight, he was carrying Jingliang around the octagon before slamming him down. He finished the fight in the first round.

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Ever since his fight against ‘The Leech,’ Chimaev has been asking to get back in the octagon. There were talks of Burns and Chimaev going head-to-head in November. But now it looks like they’ve finally agreed on a date. The Swede took to Instagram to share the conversation with ‘Durinho.’

There has been no official announcement regarding the bout. However, by the looks of it, they seem to target UFC 273 to be held at the Barclays Center for the fight.

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns

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The fight, if made official, will have huge implications for both fighters. Burns is the number 2 ranked welterweight in the UFC. A win over a rising star like Chimaev, who many believe will be the champion soon, will do him wonders. He is looking to get back in the title picture and challenge Usman again, and this fight can help him reach that goal.

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As far as ‘Borz’ is concerned, a win here will confirm a title shot for him. He is a fan favorite and has decimated his opponents till now. Burns is a genuine contender in the division, and it will be very difficult to underplay Chimaev’s shot at the title if he wins.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 30: Khamzat Chimaev of Sweden reacts after his victory over Li Jingliang of China in a welterweight fight during the UFC 267 event at Etihad Arena on October 30, 2021 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

This fight is something that everyone will have their eyes on. Do you think the UFC should make this fight? Will Chimaev be able to continue his unbeaten run if he faces Burns? Let us know in the comments below!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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