Khamzat Chimaev capped off an uncommon week with a faultless submission win over Kevin Holland within the co-main occasion of UFC 279 on Saturday. Chimaev was after all scheduled to satisfy Nate Diaz in the primary occasion slot. Nonetheless, that acquired modified after he missed weight (badly).
The weirdness round UFC 279 began a number of days earlier than Chimaev missed the welterweight restrict by over eight kilos. Whereas he was making an attempt to chop weight, cameras captured Chimaev beefing with Paulo Costa at UFC Efficiency Institute. That footage included Chimaev barking at Costa from the opposite facet of a cage, earlier than being invited to enter and proceed the ‘dialog’. Chimaev was proven to show down that invitation.
Quick-forward to the UFC 279 pre-fight press convention on Thursday. That occasion needed to be scrapped after an alleged 100-person brawl broke out backstage. It has been claimed that Chimaev was the instigator of the chaos, after he entrance kicked Holland (over one thing Holland had mentioned in an early media look).
When Chimaev missed weight on Friday, the UFC shuffled their foremost card with a purpose to preserve him on the occasion.
Chimaev was showered with boos when he made his stroll to the cage on Saturday. In his post-fight feedback he was indignant; blasting followers, and anybody else, who questioned his behaviour and incapability to return wherever near his agreed upon weight restrict.
Regardless of all these shenanigans, Chimaev appears to stay on strong footing with the UFC. At his Contender Sequence press convention White made it clear that Chimaev’s path to the highest gained’t be impeded by something that occurred over the weekend.
“It was a nutty week,” he mentioned (ht MMA Junkie). “I imply, the entire week was nutty in each method that it may presumably be nutty, however I wouldn’t say by any stretch that it was a nasty week for Khamzat Chimaev. He got here in, and also you all know what I take into consideration Kevin Holland and what I take into consideration him as an individual and as a fighter, and God rattling, Khamzat made that seemed simple and really fast. He’s an absolute beast.”
Chimaev’s win over Holland moved his report to a formidable 12-0. Six of these wins have come contained in the Octagon.
It began in 2020 when Chimaev was booked to battle twice in 10 days on the so-called ‘Combat Island’. He gained each these bouts in devastating trend.
He adopted that up with a 17-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert on the UFC APEX.
Issues went off the rails shortly after. He was booked to face Leon Edwards (who has since gained the UFC welterweight title), however COVID infections—to each Edwards and Chimaev—obliterated that match-up.
Chimaev’s bout with COVID was a tricky one. The Chechen was reportedly contemplating retiring from preventing because of the severity of his signs.
He returned to full well being in late 2021 and defeated Li Jingliang by technical determination. In April Gilbert Burns gave Chimaev his hardest take a look at to this point, going the gap in a Combat of the Evening that was scored a unanimous determination for Chimaev.