LAS VEGAS — Khamzat Chimaev was the villain of UFC 279 from begin to end, however he did his job Saturday in superb style.
He took Kevin Holland down nearly instantly after the combat started and ultimately, was capable of drive a faucet with a D’arce choke at 2:13 of the primary spherical Saturday within the co-main occasion of UFC 279 at T-Cell Enviornment.
Chimaev began a combat on Thursday on the information convention that led UFC president Dana White to cancel it. Then he badly missed weight on Friday and forced the UFC to change the final three bouts on the main card. As a substitute of going through Nate Diaz in the principle occasion, he wound up going through Holland within the co-main.
Chimaev was defiant on the microphone and stated, “I don’t care about that,” when he was requested about lacking weight so badly. However he did a superb job taking part in the heel and turning the gang towards him, so it’d improve his viability as an attraction.
He closed as a -600 favourite at BetMGM, although a lot of the tickets have been on Holland.
It was a troublesome match for Holland from the beginning. Holland is a striker and Chimaev is likely one of the finest wrestlers within the UFC. He actually sprinted out of the nook on the bell and dove at Holland’s legs.
Holland has spent quite a lot of time this yr engaged on his takedown protection, and he was attempting to combat Chimaev off. But it surely was simply an excessive amount of for him to do going towards a wrestler of Chimaev’s degree with no camp to arrange.
The query Chimaev will likely be pressured to reply within the coming days is whether or not he’ll be capable to make 170 kilos in order that he might combat for the welterweight title.
He has additionally fought at 185, although, and stated he didn’t care about weight and will combat in any weight class.