Khamzat Chimaev has verbally agreed to face the previous top-ranked welterweight contender in 2022
Surging UFC celebrity Khamzat Chimaev seems set to face former welterweight primary Gilbert Burns after the 2 170lbs warriors verbally dedicated to a forthcoming showdown in a social media trade.
Undefeated celebrity Chimaev has been near-faultless in his 4 Octagon outings, touchdown a complete of 254 strikes whereas absorbing simply two on a run which has seen him transfer from MMA obscurity to one of the crucial highly-touted prospects within the sport’s historical past. The Chechen-born Swede may very well be set for an uptick in competitors in his subsequent outing after agreeing on social media to a contest towards Brazilian submission machine Gilbert Burns, the three-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion who unsuccessfully challenged Kamaru Usman for the world title in February 2021.
The 27-year-old Chimaev revealed a screengrab of a dialog he had with Burns to his social media accounts exhibiting what gave the impression to be a really cordial trade between the 2 during which Burns first suggests they struggle in Might, earlier than electing for a date on April 9.
Chimaev revealed the picture with a handshake emoji which additionally featured his reply: “Sure, brother – let’s go”.
The UFC has an occasion scheduled for New York’s Barclay’s Middle on April 9 which does not but have any excessive profile fights hooked up, though it’s sure that Burns’ testing of Chimaev’s credentials could be one of the crucial attention-grabbing bouts on any card UFC matchmakers would possibly assemble.
Portraying himself shortly after Chimaev shared their purported trade, Burns advised his Instagram following of greater than 525,000: “Battle information loading.”
Chimaev’s supervisor, Ali Abdelaziz, appeared to endorse the submit by replying with three flame emojis.
Chimaev was final seen within the cage in October 2021, when he routed the powerful Chinese language fighter Li Jingliang, taking him down within the opening seconds of the struggle earlier than choking him unconscious earlier than the tip of the primary spherical.
Previous to that, Chimaev made his title by profitable two fights within the span of simply ten days – and in two totally different weight courses – throughout the UFC’s residency on the so-called ‘Battle Island’ in Abu Dhabi in summer season 2020.
‘Borz’ adopted that up in September 2020 with a one-punch knockout of skilled veteran Gerald Meerschaert simply 17 seconds into the struggle.
Chimaev was anticipated to face one other high contender, England’s Leon Edwards, a yr in the past however he was compelled to tug out because of a very brutal Covid-19 an infection which reportedly left him contemplating retirement.
Burns, in the meantime, rebounded from his defeat to Usman with a complete determination victory towards Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson in July 2021.
“I feel he’s actual,” Burns advised MMA Junkie of Chimaev in November, calling a struggle between the pair “an incredible choice”.
“I feel he’s been examined. Folks say, ‘Oh, no. He’s simply no.’ I feel he fought a few good fighters.
“And the opposite factor, too: the way in which he beat them. I feel I’m going to face him very quickly. Why not? I’ll give him the chance.”