Battle Island? How about Chimaev Island?
Khamzat Chimaev, the most popular new prospect within the UFC, completely ran by way of Rhys McKee through TKO at three minutes, 9 seconds of the primary spherical on the UFC Battle Night time essential card Saturday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The UFC has dubbed Yas Island, the place all its July occasions are being held, as “Battle Island.” And Chimaev has been the largest breakout performer of the month for the promotion.
Saturday’s win was Chimaev’s second in 11 days, the quickest turnaround victory in UFC historical past. The Swedish supernova beat John Phillips through second-round submission on the July 15 card. Chimaev, 26, is certainly one of simply two UFC fighters who’re 2-Zero with two stoppage victories since occasions resumed Might 9 after the coronavirus shutdown.
“I wish to do extra,” Chimaev mentioned. “It was too straightforward for me. … I did not really feel like I [fought], it was one second. However I would like this. I wish to combat.”
Chimaev went on to say, “Preventing is combating. I do sparring day by day. That is like sparring for me. Historical past is historical past, what can I say?”
In simply two-plus weeks, Chimaev (8-0) has emerged as one of many prime up-and-coming stars on your complete UFC roster. Nicknamed “the Wolf,” he trains out of AllStars Coaching Heart in Stockholm with the likes of former UFC title challenger Alexander Gustafsson. Chimaev’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, has in contrast the rising fighter to present MMA pound-for-pound king Khabib Nurmagomedov, referring to him as “Khabib 2.0.”
To begin the combat in opposition to McKee, Chimaev ran throughout the cage, picked his opponent up as if he have been a small baby and simply took him down. He then received into prime management and rained down strikes till referee Wealthy Mitchell pulled him off. Identical to his combat in opposition to Phillips, it was complete domination.
Chimaev outstruck McKee 40-Zero in important strikes and 68-Zero in complete strikes, per ESPN Stats & Info knowledge. McKee did not even try a strike.
Chimaev is simply the second fighter within the UFC trendy period to land no less than 100 complete strikes and soak up two or fewer in his first two fights; he has landed 192 and absorbed simply two. Former heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez is the opposite man to do it, with 141 landed strikes and two absorbed after two UFC bouts.
Chimaev’s 40 important strikes in opposition to McKee is essentially the most within the UFC trendy period in opposition to an opponent who didn’t try a strike.
After beating Phillips on July 15, Chimaev instructed UFC president Dana White that he wished to remain on Battle Island and compete once more. White received him a combat for this occasion. Chimaev instructed analyst Dan Hardy on Saturday in his postfight interview that he’d be prepared to combat once more afterward the cardboard.
Hardy requested what the restrict was to his potential. Chimaev mentioned there was none and that he is prepared for the UFC belt.
“It would not matter,” Chimaev mentioned. “I can smash all people. What number of fighters within the welterweight division? I can smash all of them.”
McKee, a 24-year-old from Northern Eire, was making his UFC debut. He noticed a three-fight successful streak snapped.