Top-ranked welterweight and former coaching accomplice of UFC champion Kamaru Usman, Vicente Luque doesn’t assume rising 170-pound sensation Khamzat Chimaev is able to dethrone “Nigerian Nightmare” proper now.
Chimaev moved to 5-0 within the UFC with an an unimaginable back-and-forth warfare in opposition to Gilbert Burns this previous April after strolling via his first 4 opponents within the firm, and Luque acknowledges his expertise. Chimaev returns in a primary occasion bout with Nate Diaz on Sept. 10, however Luque sees Usman ranges above him proper now, largely as a consequence of in-cage expertise.
“I believe he can convey him hazard,” Luque mentioned in a current episode of MMA Combating’s Trocação Franca. “I don’t see him beating Usman proper now as a result of I believe he nonetheless wants extra expertise, nonetheless wants some checks. In a means, the hype and the way in which he reached the highest are each good and unhealthy. It’s good as a result of all people needs to be there, but in addition unhealthy as a result of he couldn’t construct that have to face somebody like Kamaru, who has proven he’ll dominate anybody in case you’re in his space. And if the battle will get difficult, he has cardio and coronary heart and all of the instruments to beat adversity and get the victory.
“I don’t know if Chimaev is able to face that. I wouldn’t say he doesn’t have an opportunity, he can go in there and land a punch, one thing may occur and he wins, however I don’t see him because the man to beat Kamaru proper now. Possibly in a couple of fights.”
Luque trains with Burns and was in his nook the evening Chimaev gained a call in Jacksonville, Fla., a three-round warfare at UFC 273, and was stunned he didn’t “break” below stress.
“He got here in with this hype that he would run via ‘Durinho’ and I knew that wouldn’t occur,” Luque mentioned. “He stunned me as a result of he dealt with extra stress than I assumed he would. I assumed he would break as quickly as he realized he wouldn’t beat ‘Durinho’ the way in which he thought, however he managed to battle till the top and gained an in depth battle.”
“‘Durinho’ introduced him hazard and he felt the stress. There have been moments he had to make use of all the things he acquired. He felt the strikes, was knocked down, needed to go for a takedown desperately. As soon as he noticed he wouldn’t deal with ‘Durinho’ on the bottom, he opted to get again to his ft and the battle turned a warfare, and each acquired hit throughout the warfare. Kamaru was in there with tremendous robust guys, so I believe Chimaev nonetheless wants expertise to essentially put him in peril.”
Luque believes Leon Edwards “can convey extra hazard” to Usman at Saturday evening’s UFC 278 in Salt Lake Metropolis, however finally picks the champion to win a call “as a result of [Edwards] doesn’t have any card up his sleeve” to shock the Nigerian. In the meantime, Luque expects Chimaev to win over Diaz at UFC 279.
“It’s onerous for Nate [to win], provided that the outdated, prime Nate comes,” Luque mentioned. “However based mostly on what I’ve seen from them currently, I’d put Chimaev as the favourite. He has proven he’s ready to face these on the high, and I don’t assume Nate is at that stage at the moment.”