Khamzat Chimaev Talks Potential Fights Against Usman & Adesanya
Khamzat Chimaev isn’t short on confidence as he believes he can take out both Kamaru Usman and Israel Adesanya.
Chimaev has been on a quick rise in the UFC. He has competed as both a welterweight and middleweight. His record under the UFC banner is 3-0 with finishes in all of those wins. He submitted John Phillips, stopped Rhys McKee via TKO, and knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds.
While Chimaev only has nine fights in his pro MMA career, some fight fans already believe he can get to the championship level soon. The current UFC Welterweight titleholder is Kamaru Usman. Speaking to Dan Hardy, Chimaev expressed his belief that he’d dethrone Usman (h/t MMAJunkie.com).
“(Usman is) a good fighter, but doesn’t have that knockout punch like I have and he doesn’t have wrestling like me. What is he going to do? If I do my hard work in the gym, nobody can beat me in the fight.”
Chimaev didn’t stop there. He also targeted UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya. Chimaev expressed his belief that Adesanya had the luxury of being feared by Paulo Costa in his last title defense.
“I think Paulo Costa was scared in this fight. I don’t know why people are scared to go in the cage and fight. In the gym, everybody’s tough, like hard sparring. Then (they) come to the cage, they are being chicken. I don’t understand this mentality.
“(Adesanya is) good in the standup, but nobody did wrestling against him. Yoel Romero, he only threw three or four punches in the standup. … I can beat this guy. How is he going to come up from under me if I take him down? I don’t think he will. I’m going to beat his face.”
Chimaev is currently penciled in for a December 19 bout against Leon Edwards.