Khamzat Chimaev believes he’s far better than Sean Strickland



by ARYAN LAKHANI

Khamzat Chimaev believes he’s far better than Sean Strickland
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One of the most explosive fighters in the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev, will be facing his toughest yet: Kamaru Usman. Chimaev’s motto is very simple: he’s here to ‘smash’ everybody; the weight class does not matter.

President of the UFC, Dana White, confirmed that the winner of Chimeav vs Usman will get the title shot next.Khamzat Chimaev is more than ready for such an opportunity; he believes Sean Strickland is nowhere near his level, and if an opportunity to fight him arises, he won’t shy away.

Saturday is right around the corner; in just a few days, we will find out who the next middleweight title challenger is. It will be very interesting to see whether Kamaru Usman sticks around in the middleweight division after this fight or drops down to welterweight again.

Khamzat Chimaev on fighting Sean Strickland

During the recent media day, Khamzat Chimaev shared his thoughts on fighting the UFC middleweight champion, Sean Strickland. “I’ve taken him down, I’ve held him down, I’ve choked him, I’ve punched him,” Chimaev said, as quoted by mmajunkie.usatoday.com.

“I’ve done all those things so I don’t see something special about him. Basically he’s a fighter’s fighter. If you look at him, he’s like an American cowboy, like from the movies. That’s the kind of guy he is.

Chimaev further said: “But, we’ve done our work in the gym together and if they offer him to me, if I can fight him for the belt, that’s what I’ll do. I make the money, I get the belt, I have nothing against him.

I think that if you compare us on a skill level-wise, I’m levels above him. I’m in a whole different stratosphere from him. So, he’s not a threat to me, but he’s a good guy, a good fighter, and I’m ready to fight anyone”.

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