Khamzat Chimaev Says Alexander Gustafsson Bought Him Shoes and Training Clothes During the Rough Times in His MMA Career

Published 08/09/2021, 11:43 AM EDT
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)


With only three fights in the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev has made a huge name for himself and is one of the most talked-about rising UFC fighters. As a result, ‘Borz’ has made a decent amount of money in his UFC career. However, things were not the same back when he started his MMA career.

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The Russian-born Swedish MMA fighter comes from a small village named Chechnya in Russia. ‘Borz’ wasn’t born into a rich family and had to work hard to make his way to the top. 

Luckily, he had some great friends, whom he refers to as brothers, who helped him throughout the rough times of his MMA journey. One such person includes the former UFC light heavyweight title challenger, Alexander Gustafsson.

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In a recent interview with ‘Frontkick.online’, Chimaev opens up about how Gustafsson helped him out during the rough times of his MMA career.

Chimaev said – “My brothers helped me like Gustafsson. He like, sometimes buy for me like shoes and running shoes, you know. Sometime, clothes, to give me training clothes… He was like all the way he did help me with the food, like with everything”. 

“One time, we go out for a run with Alex. My shoes was like, you know, like not so good. Because like trash brother. I say you see my shoes. Like after training. He say we go somewhere, like buy me shoes, like training stuff. I appreciate it.”

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What’s next for Khamzat Chimaev?

Chimaev has a spectacular undefeated professional MMA record of 9-0 (6 T/KO and 3 Submissions). He last fought against Gerald Meerschaert back on September 19, 2020, where he claimed a magnificent first-round T/KO victory in just 17 seconds. 

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

After a year-long layoff, Chimaev will step inside the octagon against Li Jingliang at UFC 267 on October 30, 2021. 

In his MMA career, ‘Borz’ has finished all of his opponents. Out of his nine victories, six of them came in the first round. It just proves that Chimaev is a force to be reckoned with in the UFC. And at UFC 267, he will aim to prolong his undefeated streak by doing the same thing he did in his entire MMA career.

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What are your thoughts on whether Chimaev will claim another finish at UFC 267?

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Arman Khan

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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