UFC newcomer Khamzat Chimaev has already set the world on hearth, recording two wins in 11 days this month at Struggle Island in Abu Dhabi.
It was the quickest profitable turnaround in UFC historical past — and each the corporate and the fighter want to maintain that momentum going.
UFC president Dana White informed ESPN he’s engaged on reserving Chimaev (8-0) his third Octagon look at UFC 252 on Aug. 15 in Las Vegas, though he didn’t identify an opponent. Chimaev, who’s at present again dwelling in Sweden, confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday he’s keen to combat on Aug. 15 and is seeking to apply for the mandatory visa.
“No person say to me I’ve a combat,” Chimaev mentioned. “I hear the interview, however I ready to see if [manager Ali Abdelaziz] is asking me. We’ll see. Dana mentioned to start out work tomorrow for a visa to return to the USA.”
A former newbie wrestler, Chimaev submitted John Phillips in a middleweight bout at UFC Struggle Night time on July 15, and got here proper again with a knockout in opposition to Rhys McKee in a welterweight contest on July 25. The 26-year-old intends to combat primarily at welterweight shifting ahead, however want to win titles in each weight lessons.
When requested what sort of opponent Chimaev believes he is prepared for, the Chechen-Swede responded, “I do not suppose they wish to give me a troublesome combat as a result of I solely have two fights. But when they do, I will probably be joyful to smash any person from the highest 10.”
Dubbed Khabib 2.Zero by his supervisor Abdelaziz — a nod to undefeated light-weight Khabib Nurmagomedov — Chimaev turned solely the second fighter within the UFC’s fashionable period to land not less than 100 complete strikes and take up two or fewer in his first two fights. He has landed 192 strikes in complete for much in UFC and absorbed solely two. The one different man to perform the feat is former heavyweight champ Cain Velasquez.
“As quickly as doable,” mentioned Chimaev, when requested how rapidly he believes he can win a UFC title. “I cannot combat annually — 5, six, seven, as many as doable. If I win all my fights, if I end all people like I do, I get it quickly.”