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Khamzat Chimaev next fight: 3 ideal options for ‘Borz’s’ return to the Octagon

Jason Burgos

Khamzat Chimaev next fight news is sure to come sooner than, later after his impressive win against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273. The MMA world is the young Russian superstar’s oyster, and he has many interesting options ahead for his eventual return to the fabled Octagon.

Who will Khamzat Chimaev’s next fight be against?

Chimaev has taken the mantle from Khabib Nurmagomedov as the new face of Russian MMA in the UFC. There will still be some detractors after his UFC 273 victory, but there is no doubt he will be competing in another major matchup in his next bout. When “Borz” does return to the Octagon fights with Colby Covington, Belal Muhammad, and Nate Diaz are likely the next fight options.

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  • Chaos: UFC boss Dana White has already suggested this fight is in the early planning stages. Things can change quickly in the fight game, but this one is the odds on favorite to happen with champion Kamaru Usman expected to face Leon Edwards next.
  • Remember the Name: Muhammad once again impressed in his latest victory in the main event of UFC Vegas 51. If a fight with Covington can’t be made, a title eliminator between Chimaev and Muhammad is the next best matchup to make outside the next title fight.
  • Stockton’s finest: The longer Nate Diaz goes without getting the last fight on his UFC contract fulfilled, the more likely it seems he will be forced into the bout the UFC and boss Dana White wants against the Chechen crusher.

Khamzat Chimaev vs Gilbert Burns fight recap

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While oddsmakers had Chimaev as a huge favorite heading into the fight, the Brazilian proved that there are levels to fighting, and the 27-year-old was taking a major step up in competition. At UFC 273, Chimaev discovered wins don’t always come easy, and the elites of his division are going to make him earn every ounce of future success he has in the UFC.

What happened: Chimaev was clearly the bigger and stronger man in this bout, but “Durinho” had the speed and experience advantage. Each man used those strengths to have big moments in their three-round war that will likely be on “fight of the year” lists in 2022. However, in the end, Chimaev showed heart and toughness fans had yet to see and gutted out a decisive unanimous decision victory.

The fallout: The young star’s doubters will say this fight shows he isn’t ready for the best at welterweight. In reality, it proves that he is as good as he claimed because he still beat one of the best 170-pounders on the planet. Yes, he had tough moments and was pushed as hard as he’s ever been, but that is to be expected when swimming with the great white sharks of the weight class.

The roadmap ahead: Chimaev will likely land in a five-round main event on a UFC card in his next bout. With a booking against Colby Covington being the most likely option.

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The Chechen Crusher: Over 10 cage fights, the Brave CF veteran has faced minimal challenges as he has risen up the ranks to become one of the most recognizable names in the sport, and one of Dana White’s favorite employees.

  • Khamzat Chimaev record: 11-0 (6 knockouts, 4 submissions)
  • Khamzat Chimaev height: 6-foot-2
  • Before he reached the Octagon, Chimaev won his first six bouts. All but two went into the second round, and in that rare instance against Mzwandile Hlongwa, he only needed over a minute to lock in a fight-ending brabo choke.
  • “Borz” became a favorite of his new boss by being down for a fight any time and anywhere. His first four matchups in the Octagon have been split between the welterweight and middleweight divisions. And his first two fights in the promotion also took place just 10 days apart.

The Russian McGregor: Trash talk and callouts on social media is the name of the game in the UFC today. And despite English not being his first language, Chimaev has become quite adept at using his Twitter fingers.

  • The native of Sweden has become an avid user of his Twitter account, using it to challenge many of the top fighters in the UFC welterweight division. Including Leon Edwards, Gilbert Burns, and Colby Covington.
  • During a November 2021 rampage of tweets, Chimaev sought out MMA fights with retired UFC legends Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre, and a wrestling match with former two-division champion Daniel Cormier. Only Cormier answered, and the former Olympian found the challenge quite entertaining.
  • Chimaev has also made headlines in new training videos. Dominating world-class talents like Bellator welterweight champion Yaroslav Amosov and UFC veteran Darren Till.

Khamzat Chimaev’s net worth

The measure of a fighter’s success is the dollars and cents they stack up from a career of professional fisticuffs. It is still early days for Chimaev, but his net worth is estimated to be close to $350,000.