Khamzat Chimaev appears to be one of the hottest commodities in the UFC after breaking the record for the shortest turn around for a fighter in the modern era.
While Aussie Robert Whittaker was co-main event, Chimaev opened the card on Fight Island with a spectacular first-round victory over Rhys McKee, earning him his second win in 10 days in Abu Dhabi.
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It’s the shortest period of time in which any UFC fighter has won two fights in the modern era.
To make matters more incredible, UFC president Dana White told Yahoo Sports US that Chimaev will be back on August 15 at UFC 252 in Las Vegas.
“The guy is unbelievable; just incredible,” White said.
“Any guy who wants to stay active, who wants to keep fighting, I love that. I just love it.
“He’s a guy who wants to fight and doesn’t care who it is. He just wants to stay active and to me, that’s the way guys should think.
“He’s special. He’s a super talented guy and his confidence is through the roof. He truly believes he’s the best in the world. His quote tonight, literally, was ‘Give me whoever, I’ll smash everybody.’ I love that mentality.”
Chimaev has outlanded his opponents 192-2
Chimaev made his UFC debut on July 15 in a middleweight bout against John Phillips. He dominated that from the opening seconds and went on to submit Phillips in the second with a D’Arce choke.
On Saturday, he grabbed McKee at the bell of their welterweight fight, walked to his corner, took him down and mauled him.
In his two UFC bouts, Chimaev has outlanded his opponents by a combined 192-2.
In 113 seconds, Khamzat Chimaev landed (unofficially) 57 strikes.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 26, 2020
Wow, who in the world is khamzat Chimaev? This dude right here just smashing dudes. Two of em in a week. Wow— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 26, 2020
With Kevin Iole - Yahoo Sport US