The rise of Khamzat Chimaev in UFC has been nothing wanting spectacular.
The Russian has achieved extra previously three months than many fighters handle in three years – if ever – with scorching victories that embrace two first spherical knockouts.
The most recent victory took him simply 17 seconds as he completed Gerald Meerschaert with one shot.
Beforehand, Chimaev has stated that he doesn’t like Conor McGregor due to how he handled Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Whereas Chimaev is Russian, he fights out of Sweden after transferring there aged 17, and has change into Dana White’s favorite fighter – and quick.
Now the 26-year-old is about to tackle Damien Maia within the close to future, with that combat agreed even earlier than he’d really confronted Meerschaert.
Nevertheless, the middleweight already has his eyes on McGregor.
“I need to smash the burger king man straightforward cash,” he wrote on Twitter.
‘Burger King man’ is in reference to the advert the Irishman did for the fast-food franchise.
In equity, Chimaev, at 6-foot-2, is far greater than McGregor’s 5-foot-8. He can function at welterweight which is the place McGregor final fought at, however the Irishman would lack in measurement and attain for positive.
Chimaev’s supervisor has stated his fighter would ‘actually kill’ McGregor and depart him in a wheelchair.
UFC president White is understandably excessive on his new shiny toy and with Chimaev’s starvation to combat, he positive makes life straightforward for the corporate’s resident matchmaker.
“The man is particular,” White stated. “I’ve been on this sport my entire life, I’ve by no means seen something like him. He’s particular, he’s totally different.
“He needs to combat once more, so I’ve by no means been able the place I’m like, ‘Who’s subsequent? How will we get him a combat? How will we get him over right here? How will we do that? How will we do this?’ It’s enjoyable and I prefer it.”
White has urged Chimaev will headline a UFC card on the APEX facility for his subsequent outing, although the opponent and date should not confirmed.
Khamzat Chimaev is 9-Zero and has by no means gone previous the second spherical in his profession. White has urged that McGregor will make his UFC return in 2021.