Khamzat Chimaev Discloses Dana White’s Personal Promise to Him Amidst UFC 273 Gilbert Burns Fight

Published 04/06/2022, 4:56 AM EDT

Khamzat Chimaev, the Russian-born mauler, revealed UFC president Dana White’s promise made to him ahead of one of the biggest fights of his UFC career this weekend.

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Ever since his debut in the UFC, two things that the ‘Lone Wolf’ has been doing are dominating his opponent inside the cage and calling for a title shot. Chimaev is very confident that he is going to be the next UFC welterweight champion.

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Earlier he wasn’t even in the top-15 of the division until his fourth win. Hence, many believed it was too early for him to receive a title shot. However, now the Russian-born fighter has mauled his way into the top-15 of the division.

‘Borz’ is currently No. 11 on the 170lbs roster and is fighting No. 2 ranked fighter, Gilbert Burns, at UFC 273 next. And Chimaev firmly believes that Dana White will give him a title shot if he wins this fight.

In a recent interview with Daniel Cormier, Chimaev said, “I am ready. I said from my first fight, I come here to take my belt. And I am still saying that after all my fights.”

“Last time I said I am the king here. You know, I was screaming all over the arena. I am the king and nobody wants to stop me. Everyone’s like talking like the guy is not top 10.” He added. 

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“He didn’t beat that, didn’t beat this. But nobody like to stay in my way and stop me. I am here….Dana White promised me after that fight you gonna fight for the title… I trust that guy we will see.” Chimaev concluded.

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‘Borz’ has been unstoppable since his debut in the UFC. He hails a professional MMA record of 10-0 under his name and has competed in four UFC bouts. Chimaev has finished all four of his previous opponents in the UFC, three in the first round.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 30: Khamzat Chimaev of Sweden punches 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 LL

Given these factors, earlier, it was hard for the UFC to find Chimaev a viable opponent. However, he now has a name that suits his fighting style, the Brazilian fighter Gilbert Burns.

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‘Durinho’ has only lost once in his last eight bouts. He has the ability to take the fights to a distance and also possesses a good ground game that can put Chimaev’s skills to the test. Hence, this fight will be a delightful treat for the fans.

Are you excited about this fight? What are your thoughts on White’s promise to Chimaev? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Afnan Chougle

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Afnan Chougle is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. Besides writing, this Media graduate is an integral part of the digital web stories team for combat sports. Before joining EssentiallySports, Afnan gained valuable experience as an intern at Jiostudios Production House.

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