Khamzat Chimaev talks to Dana White as he holds up his rival at MID-AIR as the UFC phenomenon proves the hype is REAL after the win over Li Jingliang at UFC 267.
Much has been made of Khamzat Chimaev and the UFC phenomenon decided to continue the conversation inside the Octagon as the 27-year-old put on another impressive display at UFC 267.
The Swede has made the tongue wag since his debut in July 2020, with fans and experts having designated the welterweight, who has been hit only once during his UFC career, as a future champion.
And Chimaev proved the hype to be real when the Russian-born fighter outpointed Li Jingliang in just one round, all while speaking to UFC president Dana White.
Khamzat Chimaev proved the hype is real with an impressive first round win at UFC 267
UFC phenomenon defeated 11th-ranked welterweight Li Jingliang with a bare butt choke
The Chinese star, ranked No. 11 in the welterweight division, was expected to provide Chimaev with his first stern test on the big stage, but the Swede did light work with his rival.
Chimaev immediately went for the takedown when the action began and, while holding Jingliang in the air, he spoke to White, who was sitting next to the Octagon in notable scenes reminiscent of Khabib Nurmagomedov speaking to the UFC boss during his win over Michael. Johnson at UFC 205..
‘I said to Dana, “I am the king here. I am here for a long time and I am going to kill everyone.” He went to sleep brother! ‘Chimaev told Daniel Cormier after the fight.
The 27-year-old was seen speaking with UFC president Dana White during their fight on Saturday.
Chimaev has been designated as the future champion and says he is willing to fight anyone.
‘I couldn’t beat him that early and wanted to talk to Dana White. I come here for everyone, I am the champion, I am the king here! ‘
It’s getting harder and harder to see who can stop Chimaev, and the 27-year-old was even heard shouting the name of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar as he circled the Octagon.
UFC fans took to Twitter to congratulate the 27-year-old, with many predicting that the undefeated welterweight is destined for a UFC title.
UFC fans took to Twitter to predict Chimaev will one day hold UFC gold in his hands
“Khamzat is the scariest fighter I’ve seen in a long time,” admitted one fan. It’s no wonder no one wants to fight him. You need a top five fighter next. Luque, Burns or even Covington after Usman defeats him next week or the loser of the Edwards vs. Masvidal fight. ‘
“Khamzat is special,” wrote another fan. “I’m looking forward to seeing him against the elite in his division.”
“Khamzat looks even better than Khabib when he started in the UFC,” said one fan.