Khamzat Chimaev thinks it will be easier to win the middleweight belt

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Khamzat Chimaev thinks it will be easier to win the middleweight belt

In mid-2020, Khamzat Chimaev stepped into the UFC cage for the first time. The Chechen with a Swedish passport came with a pedigree of great talent, but he was yet to prove himself on the biggest stage. He had six wins and zero losses ahead of his UFC debut, and within two weeks, he recorded two UFC wins.

Expressly, Khamzat drew a "hype" on himself and many immediately began to announce him as a fighter worthy of the very top. Two months later Chimaev knocked out Gerald Meerschaert after 17 seconds and the dilemma was no more.

Chimaev was ready for a ranked opponent. Unfortunately, major problems with the coronavirus ensued, and Chimaev was absent for more than a year. At the end of October last year, Khamzat returned and dealt with the ranked Li Jingliang.

Once again, Chimaev went through his opponent and it is easily possible that one victory separates him from the attack on the title. He could record that victory on April 9 (fourth month) in a match against Gilbert Burns. Chimaev would thus jump high in the welterweight rankings.

Khamzat, however, has ambitions to attack the title in the middleweight division as well, in which he recorded two UFC victories. Although he is currently focused on welterweight, he believes that he will have an easier job in the middle category.

'' Izzy will be easier to smash than Usman. His wrestling is zero. The guy he fought last time (Robert Whittaker), he’s not a wrestler, and he took his back. If I take his back, brother, I'll squeeze his head off. I'll take his head off.

Easy money for me, '' Khamzat said during a visit to the MMA Hour. Maybe Khamzat is looking too far into the future because a very difficult challenge awaits him in the form of Gilbert Burns. The 35-year-old Brazilian has 24 MMA appearances behind him and a handful of other grappling matches.

Burns and Chimaev

In recent years, he has established himself as the best welterweight in the world and will be the biggest test of Khamzat's career so far. Burns recently said on the Trocacao Franca podcast that he had brought two Russian wrestlers to his camp to prepare him for Chimaev.

Khamzat is not particularly concerned about this information. "He (Burns) said, 'Maybe we'll wrestle, maybe we'll grapple, and maybe we'll fight standing up. He doesn't know what I'm going to do. ' He is under stress (Burns).

He has a great drama in his head and is thinking about it. When you listen to it, you realize that the guy is done. How does he intend to teach Croats in two months, or maybe three? He can never, not even in his dreams, bring me down.

He is aware of that. Certain guys were with me in the gym, and they trained with him too. I don’t know what they told him, but I beat them all and he knows it. He is scared, "Chimaev added.