Daniel Cormier believes rising star Khamzat Chimaev poses the biggest threat to welterweight king Kamaru Usman.
According to the former UFC two-division champion, Chimaev has the tools to defeat a dominant champion like Usman. During an episode of the CC and RC show on ESPN, Cormier listed attributes that would make “Borz” a dangerous challenger for “The Nigerian Nightmare.” He said:
“Do [Khamzat Chimaev] present a lot of problems for Usman? I think more than most people. He’s so tall, he’s got a great wrestling experience, he’s strong, he’s tough, he’s durable and he’s got a ton of self-confidence. The guy never lost. It’s one of the most important things undefeated fighters bring to the Octagon. You have to teach them how to lose. Especially when they grew up on the streets like Shimaev. [You have to show Khamzat Chimaev that] it is even a reality. They don’t think this is reality. They think that by entering it, it would be impossible for them to lose. “
Check out Daniel Cormier’s perspective below:
Usman is currently one of the most dominant title holders in the UFC. He reached No. 1 in the UFC pound-for-pound rankings after a series of successful title defenses in 2021.
Alexander Gustafsson: Khamzat Chimaev will KO Kamaru Usman
Alexander Gustafsson thinks Khamzat Chimaev is already better than Kamaru Usman. Although Chimaev has only four fights in his time in the UFC, “The Mauler” is confident his teammate can take out the best dog in the promotion.
In an interview with ESPN MMA, Gustafsson said:
“I think he would put Kamaru Usman to sleep, honestly. I think if he just touches his chin, it’s a big chance that Kamaru Usman fell asleep. I love Kamaru Usman. He’s a great champion, and he just broke records, and it’s a pleasure to see him fight because he’s a really good technician – I love his jab and his wrestling, and you can see he’s on top, Kamaru Usman . But I can’t see him take Khamzat’s blows. “
Find the interview with Alexander Gustiafsson below:
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Chimaev returned to action last year after spending 13 months on the sidelines. “Borz” showed no signs of slowing down, quickly doing the job of Chinese contender Li Jingliang at UFC 267 last October.