Khamzat Chimaev has been making ready for his subsequent UFC take a look at within the Swedish wilderness
Chechen-born Swede Khamzat Chimaev is poised for an assault on the UFC welterweight championship in 2022 and, forward of what’s anticipated to be a severe uptick in competitors this yr, the undefeated celebrity has proven off precisely what he’s doing to prepared himself to tackle the highest fighters at 170lbs.
Chimaev is an ideal 4-0 since debuting with the UFC on ‘Combat Island’ in the summertime of 2020 and enhanced his already glowing popularity even additional with a shutdown win in opposition to powerful Chinese language striker Li Jingliang in October 2021 in his most up-to-date Octagon task – a submission victory which broke him into the highest 15 welterweight rankings for the primary time.
The 27-year-old, although, stays one of the averted fighters within the division – with UFC boss Dana White even saying that he understands why the likes of Nate Diaz have scoffed on the thought of being the subsequent man up for the feeling who has not been taken past the fourth minute of a bout since making his UFC bow.
“What do you suppose?” White informed TMZ final month when requested if Diaz’s refusal to struggle Chimaev was as a result of he’s a ‘rookie’, as Diaz claimed, or if the Stockton struggle veteran averted the content material for causes extra likened to self-preservation.
“Pay attention, man. Khamzat is a straight assassin. He’s a killer, he’s an absolute savage and I don’t blame anyone for not desirous to struggle Khamzat Chimaev,” White added of the fighter who received twice in ten days after becoming a member of the promotion and added one other knockout to his resume lower than two months later.
“Everyone on this firm is right here as a result of they belong right here. There are not any actual rookies per se right here.
“There are guys with extra expertise and a few guys with much less expertise. Khamzat Chimaev is a kind of guys that’s prepared to struggle anyone in a number of weight courses, on quick discover. He’s doing wrestling matches.
“If it’s a struggle, he’s in, and he needs to struggle you. And that’s the truth. Individuals can spin Khamzat nevertheless they need, and I don’t blame them.”
And with these statements in thoughts, it’s of little shock that Chimaev presently would not have an opponent lined up.
Leon Edwards was linked – and even signed – to a struggle that fell by way of as a result of numerous Covid mishaps.
Neil Magny is one other who has talked up a possible showdown and exchanged Twitter taunts with Chimaev, though studies final week prompt that the American is set to face Max Griffin at UFC Columbus on March 26 2022.
The newest title mooted is that of former title challenger Gilbert Burns. Once more, although, there may be nothing concrete to talk of for the “rookie’s” subsequent struggle.
However that struggle will finally come, and it will likely be one other one other step in direction of the crown presently worn by the excellent American wrestler Kamaru Usman.
And judging by the footage you possibly can see above, Chimaev and coaching parter Reza Madadi are leaving no stone unturned – fairly actually – of their pursuit of excellence.
“It’s extremely chilly,” UFC vet Madadi says within the transient clip which exhibits the pair operating and shadowboxing within the Swedish wilds on Christmas Day 2021. “It is Russian chilly,” he provides.
“Brother, nothing can cease us. It is Christmas time. We have now one objective. You have to work exhausting for it.”
The total video, which could be seen on Chimaev’s YouTube channel launched by the fighter final week, exhibits the pair driving into the woods to fulfill members of his crew from the Allstars Coaching Heart the place he’s based mostly in Sweden, with Chimaev describing Madadi as his coach.
After Chimaev says the temperature is minus ten levels, Madadi explains that the group are about to run three kilometers 5 occasions, stopping at a collection of ‘stations’ to carry out workouts alongside the best way.
‘Borz’, who’s presently coaching with Russian fighter Petr Yan in Thailand, ends the video by throwing snowballs at Skilled Fighters League welterweight Sadibou Sy, who was a part of the group, and Madadi whereas they’re sitting in automobiles, in addition to advising his followers to “smash anyone“.
The footage seems harking back to Rocky Balboa’s coaching montage within the movie ‘Rocky V’ – besides, and to borrow that analogy slightly additional, this time it’s Ivan Drago out pushing himself to his limits in freezing circumstances.
How would Rocky have fared in that matchup if their coaching roles have been reversed?
We would simply get a glimpse the subsequent time Khamzat units foot within the UFC Octagon.