If anyone thought Khamzat Shimaev was just hype, think again.
The Russian-born Swede went 10-0 at UFC 267 when he subdued Li Jinliang in the first round.
Even more unbelievably, he was yelling at UFC President Dana White as he put his opponent to sleep! Don’t yell at your opponent – but the president of the company.
During the UFC 267 post-fight press conference, White explained what Chimaev said: “He was yelling crazy bullshit at me the whole fight. I don’t know why. But he was just saying, ‘I’m going. fight everyone “and” I’m gonna fight Brock Lesnar, I don’t care who he is. “
“Like I said before, he’s special, man.”
Chimaev tore the competition apart in 2020 when he first broke the UFC winning streak record in just 10 days – both on Fight Island – then smashed the record for smallest spread in three straight wins. to 66 days.
So far, his four UFC wins have resulted in two knockouts and two submissions. He’s a great and scary man.
Chimaev, 27, was scheduled to face Leon Edwards late last year and then early this year in what would have been his first ranked opponent, but COVID opposed it.
Complications during his recovery led Chimaev to consider retiring from MMA, but as we saw on Saturday night, he’s back and better than ever. He even wants former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar to scream out loud.
Next on his results list is Nate Diaz: “Hey, Diaz, let’s go, brother,” Chimaev told reporters after the fight at UFC 267 (via MMAFighting). “Let’s go. You’re going to smoke, mate. Let’s see who the real gangster is.
“The guy is special. I’ve been in this game my whole life, never seen anything like it, ”White said last year.
“It’s special, it’s different. He wants to fight again, so I’ve never been in a position where I’m like, ‘Who’s next? How to make him fight? How to get him here? How do we do this? How do we do that?’ It’s fun and I like it.
“I think when you’re a fighting fanatic a guy like this is the kind of guy you like to watch and follow and hate and stuff. This guy is one of the most special fighters I have ever seen, if not the most special guy I have ever met.