Khamzat Chimaev targets UFC stars
UFC star Khamzat Chimaev is shooting for a super fight after calling out Jorge Masvidal, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.
Sometimes in the Ultimate Fighting Championship you have to control your own destiny. While the promotion will push you over the moon if you give them a reason to, you also have to take a chance and drive the narrative ahead of an upcoming fight – even if you haven’t booked one yet.
Khamzat Chimaev is only 5-0 in the UFC and yet by then he has already managed to make more impact than 90% of the top prospects on the roster. He’s got the kind of attitude that Dana White loves and with five bonuses to his name already, it’s not hard to see why the masses find him so exciting.
His most recent win over Gilbert Burns turned out to be tougher than expected, but even then ‘Borz’ still took down the Brazilian and went into the title chase at 170lbs.
The next step is bound to be important for the Chechen sensation and if he succeeds it will be against a pretty big name.
Will he get his wish?
The simple answer to that question is no one knows, but if Khamzat really wants to win a title against Kamaru Usman, none of these fights would be the right way to go.
Masvidal, Diaz and McGregor are all located in the “money fight” genre and that’s not necessarily a bad place. At the same time, Chimaev has the potential to be one of the best of his generation at both welterweight and middleweight.
The welterweight strap is the one he’s closest to right now and the best way for him to get a meeting with Usman would be through Colby Covington.
‘Chaos’ is a problem for just about everyone in this division and beating it would really validate Chimaev’s claim that he’s ready for the big time, even if there are still question marks.