Khamzat Chimaev Could Fight His Next Opponent in a Quick Turnaround

Published 10/31/2021, 9:25 AM EDT


There is no welterweight more dominant in the octagon than Khamzat Chimaev at the moment. ‘Borz’ has left the entire MMA world in awe after his spectacular performance against Li Jingliang. From the start to the finish of the fight, it was all Khamzat. Just like most of the fights he’s been in, the opponent didn’t even stand a chance.

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 Khamzat shows no mercy in the octagon and has been putting up some delightful performances, consistently. The hungry ‘Borz’ left a chilling message for every opponent in the UFC roster after his flawless fight. 

 

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During his post-fight interview UFC commentator and analyst, Daniel Cormier asked Khamzat Chimaev who he’d like to face in the octagon next. To that, the fired-up fighter replied, ” Everybody, everybody. I come here for everybody. Kill everybody. I am the champ. I am the king here.”

His charisma and thirst for violence left everyone amazed. Following the fight, ESPN MMA made a post on Instagram that piqued the interest of a possible opponent for the ‘Borz’. Neil “The Haitian Sensation” Magny. The post celebrated Chimaev’s statement win, but it seems Neil Magny wasn’t particularly phased by the clinic put on by the Russian-Swedish fighter.

Neil Magny is presently ranked eighth in the UFC’s welterweight division and appears to be a more suitable match to face Khamzat. Magny has also competed against Li Jingliang and has come out on top. Chimaev is looking to make his way up the UFC ranking and a win against Magny might help him achieve exactly that. Magny called him out to fight on December 18th, at UFC Fight Night: Lewis vs Daukaus.

Khamzat Chimaev on going back up to middleweight

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Khamzat has made all his fights look very easy to date. No fighter has managed to put up a challenge and go the distance with the Borz. The fighter marked his 10th win against Li Jingliang and simply seems far ahead of his competition.

Chimaev has only absorbed two strikes in his time at the UFC. In a press conference post, his fight at UFC 267 Khamzat claimed he doesn’t mind going back up to the middleweight category to bag more fights. 

 

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“Of course. I told you guys. You sometimes, some people joke like, when I say Brock Lesnar and these guys. Well, for me it doesn’t matter which weight class bro. Just I give my word to my coach. I want to listen to these guys because this is my family, and he teach me and from day one. ,” We go for 170, take this belt and go up and don’t stop.

As it stands, Chimaev’s ceiling appears to be virtually unparalleled. If he picks up a couple more win, he will find himself fast-tracked towards a UFC title shot. Despite being relatively inexperienced as a pro-MMA fighter, a large portion of the fanbase will likely put their money on Khamzat Chimaev moving forward.

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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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