Why Is Dana White Excited About Khamzat Chimaev?

UFC President Dana White can barely contain his excitement for Khamzat Chimaev.

Chimaev has gained a considerable amount of momentum in a short period of time. His first two UFC bouts were just 10 days apart. In his UFC debut, he submitted John Phillips in the second round. He followed that up with a first-round TKO victory over Rhys McKee. About two months later, Chimaev knocked Gerald Meerschaert out cold with one punch in just 17 seconds.

White hasn’t made it a secret that he sees Chimaev as a special talent. During the UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference, White explained what makes Chimaev stand out (h/t MMAFighting.com).

“The guy is special. I’ve been in this game my whole life, I’ve never seen anything like him. He’s special, he’s different. He wants to fight again, so I’ve never been in a position where I’m like, ‘Who’s next? How do we get him a fight? How do we get him over here? How do we do this? How do we do that?’ It’s fun and I like it.

“I think when you’re a fight fan, a guy like this is the type of guy that you love to watch and follow and hate and whatever it might be. This guy is one of the most special fighters I’ve ever seen, if not the most special guy that I’ve ever come across. And he kept telling me leading up to this fight, ‘You think I’m a wrestler. Wait until you see my hands.’ Holy s*it, he wasn’t lying.”

Chimaev has a perfect pro MMA record of 9-0. He hasn’t gone the distance in any of his pro bouts to this point. Chimaev has earned six knockouts and three submissions. The UFC hopes to book Chimaev against Demian Maia but White said the Dagestani prospect fighting out of Sweden may get another fight first.

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