Ever since Khamzat Chimaev has made his debut in the UFC, all he has been doing is asking for fights. The Swede made his promotional debut in July 2020 and has looked unstoppable since then.
In his last outing, he toyed with one of the toughest welterweights, Li Jingliang, and submitted him in the first round. Since the fight, he has been looking for big names to fight against and even called out the likes of Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. Now, it looks like his wish is coming true. According to Combate’s Raphael Marinho, the UFC is planning to book him against Gilbert Burns.
In a tweet, he wrote, “In addition to the two belt disputes involving Brazilians (Glover and Do Bronx), UFC was negotiating to have Gilbert Durinho X Khamzat Chimaev in Brazil. The trend now is for the fight to be brought forward to April 9, depending on the approval of Chimaev’s US entry visa.” (Translated by: Google)
Além das duas disputas de cinturão envolvendo brasileiros (Glover e Do Bronx), UFC negociava para ter Gilbert Durinho X Khamzat Chimaev no Brasil. Tendência agora é que a luta seja antecipada para 9 de abril, a depender da aprovação do visto de entrada nos EUA de Chimaev.
— Raphael Marinho (@raphamarinho) January 28, 2022
Originally, the fight was being booked for UFC 274. However, the card is now not happening in Brazil, and in response; the promotion is looking to shift the fight.
This is a fight both fighters are itching for. They have called each other out multiple times on social media and looks like finally, their wish is going to come true. This fight will have huge repercussions for both fighters. ‘Borz’ is a rising star. A win over a top star like Burns will immediately make him a title contender.
Burns, on the other hand, wants to get back in the title picture. If he defeats the biggest prospect in the UFC right now, it will propel him back to the top.
Khamzat Chimaev training with Petr Yan and Rafael Fiziev
Chimaev is already one of the most feared fighters in the welterweight division. Now it looks like he is ready to take his fighting skills to the next level.
‘Borz‘ usually trains at AllStar Training Center in Stockholm but now has shifted his base. Recently, the Swede joined the likes of Petr Yan, Rafael Fiziev, and Yaroslav Amosov at Tiger Muay Thai in Phuket, Thailand.
Khamzat Chimaev, Rafael Fiziev, and Petr Yan sharpening the tools in Thailand
How many future undisputed champions in this picture? pic.twitter.com/2MmA6VJYXj
— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) January 24, 2022
Chimaev will only improve while working with world-class fighters at Tiger Muay Thai. In a recent video, he even dropped one of his sparring partners with a body shot.
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A fight between him and ‘Durinho’ is going to be an exciting one and fans will tune in for it.
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