Khamzat Chimaev burst onto the UFC scene with two back-to-back victories in July 2020, submitting John Phillips and TKOing Rhys McKee all within the span of 10 days. The 10-0 fighter set a record in the promotion’s modern era for his effort.
He then returned in September 2020 and knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds, setting another UFC modern-era record for earning three wins in the span of 66 days.
So, Chimaev knows something about fighting another professional with very short notice. And “Borz” is open to fighting two competitors in one night, according to a recent Instagram post from the Russian-born fighter.
“@danawhite brother let me fight with 2 guys the same night, I am not kidding,” Chimaev wrote,sharing a picture of himself holding up two fingers.
See his Instagram post below:
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Alexander Gustafsson Believes Chimaev Would KO UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman
Chimaev is a training partner of three-time UFC title challenger Alexander Gustafsson. “The Mauler” spoke with ESPN recently about Borz’s chances of becoming the UFC welterweight champion. And he thinks Chimaev’s would take the title from Kamaru Usman with a KO victory.
“I think he’d put Kamaru Usman to sleep honestly,” Gustafsson said via MMA Mania. “I think if he just touches his chin, it’s a big chance that Usman goes to sleep. I like Kamaru Usman, he’s a great champ and he’s just been breaking records and like you know, it’s a pleasure to see him fight because he’s a very good technical, you know I love his jab and his wrestling and you can see that he’s on top, Kamaru Usman. But I just can’t see him take Khamzat’s punches.”
Chimaev is currently ranked No. 11 in the UFC’s official welterweight rankings. Speaking with the media after UFC 268 in November 2021, the UFC president made it clear that Chimaev will not receive a title fight for his next bout. Borz has been linked to several potential 170-pound opponents, including Gilbert Burns and Neil Magny.
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The Mauler Says Chimaev ‘Out-Trains Everybody’ in the Gym
Gustafsson continued praising Chimaev, saying that Chimaev “doesn’t feel any pain” and is the hardest working man in the gym.
“I met a lot of MMA athletes and fighters and all that, and he stands out for sure, because of his dedication,” Gustafsson said via MMA Mania. “Because of how he out-trains everybody. There’s nobody that trains like him, nobody. I haven’t seen it and I have been around the world seeing fighters train and having their camps and training for a fight. This guy just doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t feel any pain, just goes through it.”