Michael Bisping explains why he chooses Khamzat Chimaev to defeat Gilbert Burns at UFC 273
Michael Bisping chooses Khamzat Chimaev to continue his incredible run inside the octagon.
In a welterweight matchup that most fans have circled on their schedule, the undefeated Chimaev gets his biggest test yet at UFC 273 this Saturday when he takes on former title challenger Gilbert Burns. The featured bout takes place during a rare six-fight pay-per-view main card at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.
Bisping recently interrupted the match on his YouTube channel and believes the stars have lined up for Chimaev to raise his hand again.
“It’s tough, but I’ll turn to Khamzat,” Bisping said. “You can tell I was sold the hype. What he did to Li Jingliang just blew my mind. It was so impressive. Jingliang is no slouch, he’s a badass with good skills and a lot of experience, and Khamzat picked him up, and it looked like he could have done whatever he wanted with him. We know he was talking to Dana White, talking about becoming champion, talking about becoming champion at 185 [also].
“There’s a reason he’s so confident. He’s not stupid. He’s not the falsely arrogant one, getting carried away with a bit of success. Then he knocked out Gerald Meerschaert, there’s a reason for that. It’s going to be interesting because I want to see Khamzat’s wrestling take on Gilbert Burns’ jiu-jitsu. It’s going to be an interesting scenario.
Chimaev is a huge favorite heading into his fifth octagon appearance after four impressive finishes. ‘Borz’ not only made it easy from an attacking standpoint, he only absorbed one significant strike in those four wins. In his last appearance, the MMA Fighting World No. 10 ranked fighter completely decimated Li Jingliang via submission in just over three minutes at UFC 267 in October.
Burns is 5-1 since moving to the welterweight division, with the only loss coming in his championship opportunity against Kamaru Usman at UFC 259 in February 2021. “Durinho” injured Usman early and seemed be seconds away from becoming champion, but Usman was able to pull himself together and stop Burns with strikes in the third. The No. 4 ranked welterweight in MMA Fighting’s world rankings was able to rebound with a unanimous decision victory over Stephen Thompson at UFC 264 last July.
While Burns’ jiu-jitsu and experience could play an important role in Bisping’s eyes, the former middleweight champion sees Chimaev rising to the challenge and earning himself a shot at the 170-pound world title.
“He has to make sure his jiu-jitsu defense is on point because if it’s not, Gilbert Burns will catch up to him,” Bisping explained. “[Burns is] world class in all aspects of mixed martial arts, but it is the terrain that is dangerous. But will Khamzat pick it up and throw it on the ground and just say, “Fuck off, I don’t care, this is how I’m going to fight”?
“But my choice is Khamzat Chimaev. I think he does it again, I just do it. I think it’s going to be amazing because if he wins, whoever wins between Usman and Leon Edwards, he should be next.