Alexander Volkanovski envisions a thrilling clash of striking prowess between Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman, as they prepare to headline UFC 294's co-main event at Abu Dhabi's prestigious Etihad Arena. What makes this bout even more gripping is the fact that Usman, a former welterweight champion, has stepped up to the challenge on less than two weeks' notice, competing in a higher weight class than he's accustomed to.
Volkanovski's confidence in Usman's ability to provide a stern test for the undefeated Chimaev stems from Usman's exceptional track record and his reputation as one of the sport's most skilled fighters. These unexpected circumstances have set the stage for a captivating and unpredictable showdown, leaving fans and experts alike eager to see how the fight will unfold when the cage door closes this Saturday night.
“I think, again, credit to Chimaev because it ain’t an easy fight,” Volkanovski said on his YouTube channel. “We know Usman’s got very good takedown defense. Colby Covington had big problems with Usman, trying to take him down.
I think Usman even got the takedowns on him, so we could expect a standup fight”. “Obviously, Chimaev is going to be in better condition,” Volkanovski said. “I don’t know how long Usman’s been training for and Chimaev is a very, very high-paced fighter.
So does that come into play? Can Usman handle the shots? I think he can. Can he handle that pace that Chimaev is going to put? Everything’s going to be 100 percent. It’s a three-rounder. He goes in for the kill, even when he’s wrestling or he’s punching.
He can’t leave openings in striking. “I think the pace that Chimaev is going to set is going to be hard to deal with for someone on short notice always been in a situation where he’s been pretty prepared, so he’s always in good condition.
It’ll be interesting to see how that goes. But if his gas tank doesn’t hold up and it does go in the later rounds, with the pressure that Chimaev is going to do, I think it’s going to be a hard night for Usman.
But if Usman’s fit, his takedown defense is going to be hard and I think we’re in for a cracking fight”. as quoted by MMAJunkie