Khamzat Chimaev makes it known he has had a better start to his MMA career than Jon Jones and Khabib Nurmagomedov.
Chimaev is 10-0 as a pro including being 4-0 inside the Octagon. He has won all four of his fights by stoppage and in those four fights, he only has absorbed one significant strike in his four fights as he dominated his opponents. He has either knocked them out early or taken them down early and gotten the finish on the ground.
With that, Chimaev believes that proves he has had a better start than Jones and Nurmagomedov as he isn’t getting hit while those two did.
“Who (went) in the cage: 10 fights, 10 finishes?” Chimaev said on a BlockAsset “Smesh Bros” video (h/t The Mac Life). “The guys tell like, ‘Oh, he didn’t fight this guy, he didn’t fight that guy,’ but the guys who’s the best guys – Jon Jones, his first four fights in UFC, he get the punch. I didn’t get the punch. We don’t say, his first fights, he didn’t get the best ones – the guys, you know, like, super good guys. Nobody. Conor (McGregor) didn’t get that, crazy good guys in his first fights. Nobody. Khabib (Nurmagomedov) didn’t get crazy good guys. I just need the time.”
Khamzat Chimaev is currently ranked 11th at welterweight and set to return at UFC 273 against Gilbert Burns. He last fought back at UFC 267 in October where he submitted Li Jingliang in the first round which was supposed to be the toughest test of his career.
There is no question Chimaev has been super impressive in his UFC run and if he can defeat Burns on April 9 in Jacksonville, he could very well earn a title shot. But, beating Burns as he has defeated his other opponents is easier said than done.
Cole Shelton covers MMA for BJPenn.com, MMANews, and MyMMANews.com while also being the lead MMA odds writer for Sports Betting Dime