Khamzat Chimaev reveals his dream opponent: “nobody like him”

Khamzat Chimaev hopes to face his dream opponent before he leaves the sport forever.

by Aryan Lakhani
Khamzat Chimaev reveals his dream opponent: “nobody like him”
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Khamzat Chimaev would be a scary opponent against any fighter because of his explosive striking abilities. Chimaev is one fight away from getting an opportunity to claim the middleweight belt. On the journey to the top, he does fantasize about fighting note-worthy opponents.

Khamzat Chimaev recently confessed that he dreams of fighting the current UFC heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and can also foresee getting a win. The chances for that fight to materialize are very slim because Jon Jones could retire after his next fight.

Khamzat Chimaev on Jon Jones

Recently on the Smile 2 Jannah Podcast, Khamzat Chimaev shared his thoughts on fighting Jon Jones. “Jon Jones still is the best fighter in the world right now,” Chimaev said, as quoted by “He has most title defenses, he’s a two-weight class champion, he never lost still.

He’s the youngest champion in UFC (history). If you speak about MMA, everyone knows Jon Jones. In history, (there is) nobody like him. So for sure he’s dream match for everyone who wants to be in the history (books).

I’m younger than him. I hope he’s not going to go soon from this job, get this fight as well. When I (grew) up – I like him, I like his training. I watched his training, I learned a lot of stuff from him. We spoke about training so we can maybe train together.

He’s a nice guy. We were speaking and joking around”.

Chimaev on who he thinks would win between him and Jon Jones

“Depends which weight class, he’s now a heavyweight. You’re asking me? For sure I think I will win.

That’s a hard fight for everyone. He fought two times with my training partner Alexander Gustafsson – they had good fight. So I become a fighter with Alex, been training with him. For sure I want to fight with (Jones) so it will be a big history if we fight. Since Alex gave him the best fight in history, now maybe it’s my time to fight him, as well”.

Khamzat Chimaev