Kamaru Usman does not seem to respect Khamzat Chimaev enough, despite the fact that Chimaev has dominated the category. Still, he has yet to reach his goal, and that is the title. Kamaru Usman does not want to pay too much attention to Chimaev and believes he is like any other fighter within the category.
“He’s a competitor,” Usman told reporters at UFC 274, as quoted by mmajunkie. “Each and every one of these guys in the division is a competitor. So I take them as competitors, I take them that serious.
But as far as putting anything extra on anybody just to try to give them a boost, I don’t really care about that.
Kamaru Usman on UFC fighters
Usman is someone who always shows self-confidence and believes in himself.
There seems to be no obstacle for him, but still, he knows how to pay homage to his opponents and it must be admitted that the category is very competitive. “Gilbert Burns was just as tough of a fighter as Colby Covington, just as tough as Jorge Masvidal.
I don’t really try to put anything extra on these guys. Of course, I love the extra zeros on the checks if they bring that much eye balls, but at the end of the day, they’re just competitors, and I see no face”.
The fight between Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev attracted a lot of attention. It could very easily have happened that Burns came out as the winner, but it still didn’t happen. ‘It was a good fight,” Usman said.
“I think a couple of things here and there on both sides, I think one of those guys would’ve gotten that finish. But that just goes to show that anybody is beatable. Anybody is beatable. Gilbert is a warrior. I’ve known that for a long, long time”.