As of writing, Chimaev sits at #11 in the 170-pound division, so he is clearly hoping that his next contest will get him into the top 10.
Many are hoping that we will at some point get to see Chimaev take on division Champion Kamaru Usman, but that is still some way off.
Here’s everything you need to know about Khamzat Chimaev and his next fight inside of the octagon for the UFC.
Khamzat Chimaev Next Fight
UPDATE 2nd June 2022: Khamzat has said that he is now setting his sights on Colby Covington.
Original: Khamzat Chimaev is scheduled to be facing Welterweight contender Gilbert Burns at UFC 273 on Saturday 9th April 2022.
The contest was a last-minute change to the card, with Chimaev coming in to face Burns.
UFC commentator and former champ-champ Daniel Cormier discussed the contest on his YouTube channel, saying that Burns has to watch out for Chimaev’s size and power.
He said: “Khamzat is big. He’s got fantastic striking with tremendous power. He’s got unbelievable wrestling, and obviously, he has good grappling.
“But to me, it’s the smothering top pressure of Khamzat Chimaev that causes these guys so many issues – and he’s long and he’s big. How does Gilbert Burns, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion and black belt, handle a heavy guy like that on top?
“Normally, when you get this type of matchup, the wrestler will dominate the grappler because Gilbert needs to create a lot of action in order to free himself of the pressure from Khamzat Chimaev.
“The wrestling base usually will kill that. … We, as wrestlers, understand smothering and stopping the movement of jiu-jitsu players.”
If Khamzat is able to fly past Burns, then he would absolutely be included in the top 10 contenders of the 170-pound division.
With a record of 10-0-0 in MMA, with 6 of the wins coming by knockout and 4 of the wins coming by submission, this contest will likely not get to the judge’s scorecards.
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