We watched one of the best, if not the best, MMA match in 2022 on the night of April 9-10 (4th month). Gilbert Burns and Khamzat Chimaev did a fantastic three rounds, and it's a shame the match wasn't scheduled for five rounds.
Chimaev celebrated with a unanimous decision of the judges, and that was his last appearance in the welterweight division, at least for now. Chechen weighed in by almost 3.5 kilograms before the match against Nate Diaz, and it is easily possible that he will permanently move to the middleweight division.
Chimaev has really tipped the scale and maybe the welterweight division is not the right choice for him to continue his career, although maybe he could get a chance to attack the title in his next appearance. If his rival Gilbert Burns is asked, the Brazilian believes that Chimaev should try to continue with the welterweight division.
Gilbert Burns gives Khamzat Chimaev honest advice
"I hope so,” Burns told Danny Segura of MMA Junkie. “I know a lot of guys were celebrating that he’s going up. No, I want him to stay at 170. I think he can stay, just got to be disciplined.
[But] it’s not just discipline. If you sign a contract and you put your name on it, you sign it, you gotta own it. You gotta be a man. I think it doesn’t matter how you start, it matters how you finish,” said Burns.
“It don’t matter if that guy starts so big, so impressive. It matters how you finish, you know? As we see how this is going — I don’t know, the fans might like the drama; the not making weight, canceling your press conference, a lot of things.
It’s hard to feel bad for this guy that’s making a lot of mistakes on just the beginning of his career." “One of the best advice that I had is you need to have guys that give you advice,” continued Burns.
“I have guys that give me advice on money. I have my parents, they give me advice on family. I have guys that give me advice on fighting, I have my manager – I have a lot of guys that give me advice on my life. He needs those kind of guys, not just a bunch of crazy fighters that kind of go on his ego and make him go crazy.
I think he’s still super young and I hope he changes. Khabib [Nurmagomedov] even said one thing, he needs more Muslims. With that being said, translating that, he needed good guys around him. Like good mentors, good guys to help him out, making decisions.
I think the guys he has around don’t help him make good decisions”. The impression is that Khamzat's team is increasingly under fire for all of Khamzat's outbursts ahead of the UFC 279 event. Chimaev will probably remain loyal to his team in the future, but even if Burns and Khabib are right, Chimaev should not change the team lightly, but simply everyone can work together to correct mistakes and learn certain lessons from the whole situation.