Welterweight Khamzat Chimaev ‘got down to the rag’ and ‘beaten UFC light heavyweight s ***’ in training, says Anthony Smith
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Khamzat Chimaev has captured the imaginations of UFC fans everywhere since his debut at the company in 2020.
The Russian-born Swede is 10-0 overall and 4-0 since joining the UFC, with all wins coming via an finish.
Even before he hit the big mark, UFC veteran and former light heavyweight title challenger Anthony Smith said he had heard all about ‘Borz’.
Smith says Chimaev has gained a reputation for intimidating men in both weight classes above him in the gym.
“Other people said it first, so now I can say it out loud. I’ve heard Chimaev’s stories for years, like a few years before he even got to the UFC, ”Smith said.
“I remember hearing his name, that of a young ragdolling boy Ilir Latifi and [Alexander] Gustafsson in Sweden.
“Even when he finally got to the UFC, beat up a few guys and looked really good, I kept him to myself until other people told the story like, ‘Hey man , I heard stories about this kid who beat the shit out of these guys for a long time.
Gustaffson didn’t hesitate to praise Shimaev. The pair train together in Stockholm and Gustaffson, a former light heavyweight title challenger himself, said Chaimaev would turn off the lights on UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman if he touched him. .
Chimaev is currently ninth in the welterweight table and has yet to book his next contest, but he obliterated Li Jiangling late last year in his first fight after suffering severe COVID in the first half of 2021.
The mystique around Shimaev continues to build. He’s a man who helps feed the homeless but also took a flight to Ireland to try and beat Conor McGregor. He also won his first three UFC fights in just 66 days, a UFC record.
UFC boss Dana White has made it clear how special he thinks Chimaev is.
“Khamzat Chimaev is one of the meanest guys I’ve ever met,” White said during a recent appearance on The Jim Rome podcast (h / t MMA Junkie).
“He’s literally ready to fight anyone and doesn’t care about the schedule or whatever… Nobody wants to fight this guy.”
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