‘Nothing Special’- Khamzat Chimaev Unimpressed with UFC 268 Title Fight Between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington

Published 10/27/2021, 6:45 AM EDT


UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev sat down with BT Sport in the lead-up to his UFC return at UF C 267. ‘Borz’ hasn’t competed since September 2020 when he stopped Gerald Meerschaert via knockout in just 17 seconds. His 3-0 run in the UFC consolidated his hype, however, he wasn’t able to capitalize on the eyeballs and has been out of action since September.

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Chimaev locked horns with a lengthy battle with COVID-19 and he missed out on several marquee showcase match-ups. He’s finally returned to fighting over a year later and will take on ‘The Leech’ Li Jingliang. While doing the media rounds for his fight, Chimaev was asked about the upcoming welterweight title fight at UFC 268 and he had some interesting takeaways.

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)

“They are both like, both guys I think Usman more forward in this fight but they looks both same fighters. A little bit wrestling, a little bit striking, and strong guys. Nothing special.”

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It’s clear that Chimaev isn’t particularly impressed with either Kamaru Usman or Colby Covington’s overall skill set. However, he seems to acknowledge their place atop one of the most competitive divisions in the UFC at the moment- welterweight. If things go according to plan, Khamzat Chimaev will be pushed towards the title picture in no time.

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Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington: The ultimate grudge match

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Usman and Covington are considered by MMA fans to be the representation of the very best that the welterweight division has to offer. Furthermore, both men have no love lost for each other and fans expect fireworks at Madison Square Garden.

A win for Usman will solidify his position atop the mountain at welterweight and the comparisons to Georges St-Pierre are sure to increase. As for Covington, his stock will go through the roof if he manages to edge past ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ as a successful heel.

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Stylistically, both men bring forth unending cardio and wrestling credentials that cancel each other out. This means that the MMA community is likely in for a test of wills that will play out in the striking realm, over the course of 25 minutes.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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