UFC welterweight prospect Khamzat Chimaev says he wants to fight Demian Maia, Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz “back to back same night or every week” next, as he works his way up the Middleweight division.
Chimaev made his professional MMA debut in May 2018, where he won via a second-round TKO. His next fight, first-round D’Arce choke elimination. A pattern quickly developed. Chimaev attacked from the start every fight. His unrelenting attack and tireless attitude overwhelmed his opponents.
The Swede joined Brave CF, a Bahraini MMA organization, where he won twice more in 2018—both first-round TKOs— and followed it up in 2019, replicating his efforts winning two more fights in dominating fashion. Chimaev has made a name for himself in Sweden.
InshAllah if I will defeat my next opponent Dana White @danawhite please I can fight Maia , Nate Diaz and Nick Diaz back to back same night or every week . Easiest money welterweight division
— Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) September 9, 2020
Chimaev is currently booked to face Gerald Meerschaert in UFC at middleweight on the undercard of Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley in just 10 days’ time at UFC Vegas 11. If he beats Meerschaert, he is lined up to face former title challenger Demian Maia on Fight Island.
Nate Diaz – Nick’s younger brother – is in negotiations for a rematch against Jorge Masvidal, having lost to him in three rounds last November following an eye injury. Nick Diaz has also confirmed plans to fight for the first time since 2013.
Chimaev had a UFC debut to remember when he absolutely decimated John Phillips at Wednesday’s UFC on ESPN 13 card in Abu Dhabi. The 26-year-old has made a name for himself in July having won two fights on Fight Island in just 11 days – one at middleweight then welterweight.
The top welterweight prospect doubled down on wanting to stay active, saying that he intends to move up the welterweight ladder quickly, and called out three veterans of the sport in Nate Diaz, Mike Perry, and Robert Lawler.
“I want to beat more fighters. Who was this guy who hit an old man, Mike Perry? I want to fight him, I don’t like him. I want to smash Nate Diaz. And I want a fight with Robbie Lawler, I want a fight with him also,” Chimaev said in July.
Although he is just 8-0 in his MMA career, he says that the goal is to fight UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for the belt within the next two years. In fact, he said he would take the fight right now if the UFC offered it to him.
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Thank you all very much for the support, and for the countless kind mensagens I received! Last night meant a lot to me, cause it’s no secret that representing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 🇧🇷 it’s more than a mission for me, it’s a life long choice that I made. You don’t represent a martial art only by fighting, let alone winning, you do it day by day, trough the examples we set and the legacy we leave for other people. I feel privileged to be able to deliver my best and represent our martial art. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart. Thank you @benaskren as well, for the fight and for giving me the opportunity to challenge myself and continue to seek my evolution. He is a very high level athlete, a U.S. National Champ in Wrestling, and a former Olympic athlete. I have a lot of respect for him, and to compete against him was a challenge that drove us to our max, seeking new alternatives and ideas to develop a different strategy, revisiting techniques and changing habits. It was a privilege to have had this opportunity, and I still intend to one day have also the privilege to train a bit with him. Thank you all again! 📷 by: @eduardo_alonso
With an 8-0 (2-0 UFC) record, Chimaev has served notice to both the welterweight and middleweight divisions that he’s willing and ready to fight whoever and clearly whenever.
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