He’s back and better than ever.
Rising star Khamzat Chimaev returned to the Octagon after over a year hiatus and absolutely dominated a top-15 ranked opponent. “Borz” met Li Jingliang during UFC 267 main card on October 30, 2021.
It was Chimaev’s first fight since his sub-20-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert in September 2020. Chimaev had a tough bout with COVID-19 that left him with lingering effects that derailed his training.
But he returned with a clean bill of health and met “The Leech” in the middle cage. And he only needed 3:16 to choke out Jingliang. Watch the end of the fight below:
And read on to see some of the top reactions to Chimaev’s win.
Former two-division UFC champ and current color commentator Daniel Cormier wrote: “Sheesh I can’t believe Khamzat has shut 3 people out in the UFC!”
CBS Sports’ Luke Thomas wrote: “Provided he isn’t hiding some training injury, Chimaev could conceivably fight soon. He appears to be quite special.”
MMA reporter Ariel Helwani wrote: “Khamzat is back. That was supremely impressive, considering the layoff/the sickness/the retirement/the weight. This man is a problem.”
ESPN’s Brett Okamoto wrote: “‘Everybody. I kill everybody. Ahhhhh!’ Effective post fight speech.
CBS Sports’ Brian Campbell wrote: “Good lord Chimaev is a monster. This is some Lesnar in the Mir rematch type stuff.”
“Khamzat put him to sleep,” Campbell continued. Demolition. Unreal.
“Everything we thought about Chimaev’s potential needs to be readjusted after this. This guy is a destroyer. Holy crap.”
TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter wrote: “In Khamzat Chimaev’s first four UFC fights, he has outlanded his opponents 112-1 in significant strikes.”
Bellator MMA fighter and Conor McGregor’s training partner Dillon Danis wrote: “give me khamzat he’s [trash can emoji].”
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UFC 267 Fight Card Results
UFC 267 was live from Abu Dhabi, UAE, on Saturday afternoon in North America. The fight was loaded with title fights and high-stake contests. See the full fight card results below:
Glover Teixeira def. Jan Blachowicz (c) via second-round submission, Light heavyweight championship
Petr Yan (ic) def. Cory Sandhagen via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 49-46), Bantamweight interim championship
Islam Makhachev def. Dan Hooker via first-round submission, Lightweight
Alexander Volkov def. Marcin Tybura via decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Heavyweight
Khamzat Chimaev def. Li Jingliang via first-round submission, Welterweight
Magomed Ankalaev def. Volkan Oezdemir via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28), Light heavyweight
Amanda Ribas def. Virna Jandiroba via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Women’s strawweight
Zubaira Tukhugov def. Ricardo Ramos via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28), Featherweight
Albert Duraev def. Roman Kopylov via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-27, 29-27), Middleweight
Elizeu Zaleski Dos Santos def. Benoit Saint-Denis via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26), welterweight
Michal Oleksiejczuk def. Shamil Gamzatov via first-round TKO, Light heavyweight
Lerone Murphy def. Makwan Amirkhani via second-round KO, Featherweight
Andre Petroski def. Yaozong Hu via third-round submission, Middleweight
Tagir Ulanbekhov def. Allan Nascimento via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28), Flyweight