UFC Sensation Khamzat Chimaev Surpasses Kamaru Usman’s Instagram Followers After a Dominant Win at UFC 267

Published 10/31/2021, 6:27 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)


Khamzat Chimaev proved that his rise to fame was not just a fluke after dominating Li Jingliang at UFC 267. ‘Borz’ debuted in the UFC in 2020, and since then he’s been nothing but dominant. After winning his first three fights in the promotion spectacularly, he went up against a very game Li Jingliang.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The fight was sure to be his toughest test yet, however; it took him just 3 minutes and 16 seconds to put his opponent to sleep. At the start of the fight, he lifted his opponent up and walked across the octagon before taking him down.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The end was near for Jingliang after that, as the Swede manhandled him on the ground. While doing so, he constantly kept talking to UFC President Dana White. Chimaev slipped in a rear-naked choke, which put ‘The Leech’ to sleep.

Since then, his popularity has gone through the roof. His Instagram followers surpassed the following of the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

With his latest performance, Chimaev proved that he’s not just hype. If he keeps dominating his opponents in the future as well, he won’t be too far off from a potential title fight.

DIVE DEEPER

“I Wanted To Beat Him Up”- Khamzat Chimaev Explains Why He Went to Ireland in 2018

29 days ago

Khamzat Chimaev wants the big fights

Borz‘ was pumped after his victory and wanted all the smoke. After dispatching Li Jingliang, in the post-fight press conference, he called out Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal as well.

In the presser, he said, “Hey Diaz, let’s go, brother. Let’s go. Gonna get some smoke… Let’s see who is the real gangster. Masvidal, he has fight, he has something bad, I don’t know, motherf**king belt something. I’m gonna take everything from the UFC brother. Now, I am UFC brother.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

However, ‘Gamebred‘ is currently scheduled to fight long-time rival Leon Edwards at UFC 269. Nate Diaz, on the other hand, has no fights as of now. He also has just one fight left on his UFC contract.

WATCH THIS STORY – Event Recap: Best Fights From UFC 267: Blachowicz vs. Teixeira

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

A fight between Stockton’s own and ‘Borz’ is sure to create a lot of hype and bring in a lot of attention. Diaz is one of the biggest names in the sport, and the way Chimaev’s stock has risen. It is sure to get the fans excited.

What do you make of Khamzat’s rise to fame? Do you see UFC making a fight between him and Nate Diaz? Let us know in the comments!

Enjoyed reading this article? Download our exclusive app to get 24x7 coverage, latest memes and social media banter. Click here to download.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Arunaditya Aima

250 articles

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.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT