ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto walked the streets of Stockholm, Sweden with number 11 ranked welterweight Khamzat Chimaev in what was a rather humbling interview.
In the interview, Chimaev is asked how he first got into fighting. Khamzat Chimaev explains that the fight between Conor McGregor and Jose Aldo is what really sparked his desire to compete at a high level.
Chimaev says, “I see the guys like knock him out. I was thinking if that light guy did that s**t…mentally I’m stronger than him, my body is bigger than him, I know.”
“I was feeling if at that time I just meet him outside I can broke him.”
He continues, “if he makes that money, why not me?”
The interview was quite a different view of the ‘smash everybody’ UFC star. The two discuss his move to Sweden from Chechnya, his first day in the gym, his training, and his life at the gym.
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The talk comes ahead of Chimaev’s UFC 273 bout against former title challenger and number 2 ranked UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns.
The three-round bout between Chimaev vs. Burns will serve as the fourth fight on the pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, Florida on April 9th.
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You can watch Chimaev’s interview with ESPN’s Okamoto below:
As a recent graduate from Lewis-Clark State College with a B.S. in History, Bjorn first fell in love with mixed martial arts when he watched UFC 196. As a contributor for MyMMANews, Bjorn matches his love for MMA, history, and writing.