‘I instructed Darren Until to return to Struggle Island… I’ve to smash him as nicely’ – UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev (VIDEO) — RT Sport Information
UFC Man of the Moment Khamzat Chimaev says he will fight anyone and everyone as he plans the next steps in his rapid rise in promotion.
Chimaev established himself as the name on every fighting fanatic’s lips in just two months when he exploded onto the UFC scene with three dominant wins in two weight classes.
So big is his rise that the Russian-born star, who is now fighting at the Allstars gym in Stockholm, Sweden, was promised a major event slot in Las Vegas back in December by UFC boss Dana White.
However, finding an opponent willing to stop the ‘Borz’ juggernaut has proven to be more difficult, as members of the established welterweight and middleweight order – including Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson and Demian Maia – have declined against Chimaev, who remains undefeated in nine professional MMA competitions but is not ranked in the UFC.
One man who is ready to give the 26-year-old a bang against one of the “big boys” is British middleweight candidate Darren Till – but only after he has dealt with the Swede Jack Hermansson in his planned headliner December 5th.
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Chimaev is currently back on Fight Island – where he forged his name in the UFC with two record 10-day wins in June – this time as part of the team for his friend and Allstars training partner Guram Kutateladze.
Even if he doesn’t put on gloves to fight this time, the eager Chimaev says he would be willing to make the most of his stay in Abu Dhabi by taking on Till.
“After guram fights, we go home if Guram doesn’t get a fight here – or maybe I’ll fight here,” said a smiling Chimaev to RT Sport.
“I said to Darren Till, come to Abu Dhabi before December… I spoke to him on Instagram, he’s a funny guy, but I have to smash this guy too.
“He’s a Thai boxer, a stand-up fighter, but if Tyron Woodley takes him down and suffocates, what do I do with this guy?
“[Till] has a fight now in December, but Jack Hermansson is a good wrestler, a good grappler. I think it’s 80 percent that he’ll win. I don’t know Darren will win this fight. “
On his trip from Chechnya to Sweden and then on to the UFC Octagon, Chimaev said it was one of the difficulties, including financial and physical issues and periods of sleep at the gym.
“The [Allstars] The manager came up to me and said you want to do MMA and I said yes but at that time I didn’t have that much money to take an apartment, I had money only for food then I started going there to live [in the gym],” he said.
“I had no money for food, my brothers from Allstars helped me. Guram was there too. “
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With Chimaev’s rising star status in the UFC, accompanied by a growing social media following, life is very different now.
“800,000 [on Instagram] something like that… I don’t know on Twitter, ”Chimaev said when asked for the numbers.
Interview requests have also skyrocketed, despite the fighter saying he was pleased with his newfound fame and everything that comes with it.
“I like everything about this sport, I do interviews, it’s fun. This is my job, you have to do your best in and out of the cage. “
Turning to the apparent reluctance of his UFC counterparts to confront him, Chimaev said he ultimately doesn’t care who the UFC puts in front of him – his goal has remained the same.
“[The UFC] asked me about Wonderboy, I said yes and then he said no, Demian Maia said no. Neil Magny says he want to fight me, I said I don’t care, you know I will fight everyone, just give me someone, December 19th, I’m ready.
“It doesn’t matter to me, I don’t understand these guys [who do the rankings]. Wonderboy, he lost three fights, I don’t know, he’s number three or four? I don’t know who gave him this place. If he loses, he must go under.
“To me it doesn’t matter if it’s number one or number two, a debutant, if you are a real fighter you have to fight with everyone….
“If you think you are the best fighter in the world, you have to think that you can beat anyone, regardless of rank or rank.
“For me, it’s just about fighting someone. I love to fight. “
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