Over the course of the previous few years, you would argue there hasn’t been a scarier newcomer within the Final Preventing Championship than Khamzat Chimaev.
The Chechen sensation got here flying out of the gate with two wins in a 10-day span, breaking the promotion’s file for quickest back-to-back victories contained in the Octagon. Whereas he’s struggled with some well being issues since then, it hasn’t prevented him from choosing up three extra emphatic wins to depart him in an extremely comfy place within the welterweight division.
His newest outing earlier this 12 months noticed him outlast Gilbert Burns in an absolute classic, seemingly placing ‘Borz’ in pole place for a crack on the 170-pound title.
As an alternative, although, he’s been matched up towards UFC legend Nate Diaz in a contest that may function the ultimate combat on the Stockton king’s contract.
Some have questioned why Chimaev would take such a danger however in a latest interview, the person himself gave a short abstract of his thought course of.
“Really, I don’t have to combat that man, however I simply combat the man for enjoyable. I may simply anticipate the title, I’m within the prime three, however I took that combat. The man isn’t robust however he’s well-known. Everyone loves him and all people talks about this gangster, all that s***, however I eat gangsters for breakfast. F*** that man, bro.”
Struggle night time awaits
It’s not an exaggeration to counsel this is without doubt one of the greatest fights of the 12 months not only for the UFC, however for blended martial arts as a complete.
Diaz is hoping to go down swinging as he prepares to check the waters with free company, whereas Chimaev is aware of that one other decisive triumph will nearly actually assure him a shot on the UFC welterweight championship.
Khamzat is the clear favorite, however underestimating somebody like Nate Diaz on the elite degree can so simply be a mistake.
This extremely anticipated assembly will go down within the combat capital of Las Vegas on September 10.