“There’s No Doubt This Kid Is Special” – Dana White Says Khamzat Chimaev Asked for Brock Lesnar in the Middle of the Fight

Published 10/31/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Khamzat Chimaev’s rise in the UFC has been nothing short of spectacular. He came into the limelight in 2020, when UFC shifted its event to ‘Fight Island.’ ‘Borg’ made his debut in the promotion in 2020 on the back of a six-fight win streak. He immediately caught the eye of the MMA community with a dominant submission victory in his first fight. Since then, he has obliterated his opponents and is 4-0 in the UFC.

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In his latest effortless win, Chimaev met his toughest test till now in Li Jingliang. Many expected the Chinese fighter to give him a tough fight however, that was not the case. Chimaev, after lifting him while talking to Dana White and then slamming him, put Jingliang to sleep in the first round. The win also earned him the ‘Performance of the Night’ bonus.

GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

During the post-event presser, UFC President Dana White was asked about what Chimaev was saying to him. Dana said, “He was yelling crazy s**t to me the whole fight. I don’t know why. Basically just saying, I’m gonna fight everybody, I’ll fight Brock Lesnar. I don’t care who it is. Just yelling stuff like that. Last time we were here (Abu Dhabi) we knew this guy was special.”

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White also addressed Chimaev being diagnosed with COVID and said, “This COVID thing is one of the weirdest things any of us have ever seen. You get some people that fit the profile to be high risk and it doesn’t even feel like a bad cold to them. And then a guy who is in phenomenal shape like this guy (Khamzat) gets hit as hard as he did. But he’s back and there is no doubt this kid is special.”

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The dominance by Chimaev inside the octagon has made him the fan favorite. In the buildup to the fight, he was repeatedly saying that he would take his opponent’s head. This has been the case throughout his UFC career so far. He is 10-0 in his career with four of those wins coming in the UFC.

What’s surprising is that he has only been hit with one significant strike in those four fights. He has out-struck his opponents 254-2.

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Since his win at UFC 267, ‘Borz’ has been calling everyone out. He went ahead and called out Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal as well. As for who he will fight next, White said, “It’s tough once you start to break into the top 10, which he will do on Tuesday. But listen, if he wants to stay busy. I’m a big believer in that, anyway. Especially with the huge lay-off he’s had so.”

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It will be interesting to see how UFC books Chimaev in the future, now that he’ll break into the top 10. What do you think of Khamzat Chimaev? Who do you see him facing next? Let us know in the comments!

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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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