Khamzat Chimaev, with his "gangster" personality, faces all kinds of criticism. In fact, the fighters are increasingly accusing him of being a fake "gangster" who presents himself in front of the cameras like that, but is actually a completely opposite personality.
After Chimaev got involved with Paulo Costa a few days ago, the Brazilian as well as Jake Shields called out Chimaev for playing the dangerous guy only when he is surrounded by a lot of his teammates and friends. One of the fighters who joined the club of those who believe that Chimaev is acting in front of the cameras is Kevin Holland.
The American fighter, who currently competes in the welterweight category, will perform at the same event as Khamzat Chimaev this weekend, and at the press conference, he commented on Khamzat and his behavior. “I feel like he likes the f****** media,” Holland said at UFC 279 media day.
“I feel like he only does this extra wannabe street s*** when the media is around. Other than that, he doesn’t do it. When you guys aren’t around, he wants to do fist bumps and he wants to be your best friend.
When you guys are around, then all of a sudden he’s like, ‘Rawr, I’ll rip your f****** head off. You ain’t ripping s*** off, dog. Let’s be real. You want a paycheck just like the rest of these guys around here”.
Kevin, therefore, believes that Chimaev likes to create "hype" and apparent tension in order to sell his matches as well as possible and to attract more popularity.
Holland believes Chimaev is going to beat Diaz
“Nothing’s ever locked in 100 percent,” Holland told MMA Fighting’s, Damon Martin.
“If somebody shows up to fight and the other guy shows up thinking he’s already got the fight in the bag, it could easily go the other way. That’s just part of the fight game. “Diaz, people are writing him off, but he rocked the champ right now.
He had the champ on wobble legs. He was on a corner street in the fifth round, final round, in a very tough fight and that guy is one hell of a striker. Chimaev is a very, very dominant wrestler. Diaz is a very great grappler. He has very good grappling off his back and I’m pretty sure he can do damage on top.
So I would never completely write off Diaz. “On paper, 100 percent Chimaev should win this fight,” Holland continued. “But as fighters we tend to get a little big-headed, we think we have everything in the bag.
That could be the one problem”. We only hope that after Holland's and Costa's words, Chimaev will not get some kind of motivation to prove that it's not all an act, because that would get him into unnecessary trouble.