Khamzat Chimaev would put Kamaru Usman to sleep

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Alexander Gustafsson thinks Khamzat Chimaev is a special talent.

Longtime training partner of Chimaev at Allstars Training Center in Sweden, former three-time UFC title challenger Gustafsson has high expectations for the popular rising star of the promotion.

Although Chimaev (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has just four fights in his UFC career, Gustafsson has the utmost confidence that his teammate could eliminate the welterweight champion and the No.1 pound fighter. for the pound of the Kamaru Usman promotion (20-1 MMA, 15-0 UFC).

Chimaev showed his knockout power in his 17-second final against Gerald Meerschaert in September 2020 and his thunderous uppercut knockout from sambo champion Ikram Aliskerov before he made it to the UFC roster. .

“I think he would have put Kamaru Usman to sleep, honestly,” Gustafsson told ESPN. “I think if he just touches his chin, it’s a big chance that Kamaru Usman is falling asleep. I love Kamaru Usman. He’s a great champion, and he’s just broken 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 that ‘He’s on top, Kamaru Usman. But I just can’t see him take Khamzat’s punches.

Chimaev has only been hit once in his four dominant UFC wins so far. The 27-year-old proved just how impatient he was to compete when he scored a record-breaking two octagonal wins in the span of 10 days on ‘Fight Island’, and Gustafsson said Chimaev was as playful as he was. announcement.

“I’ve met a lot of MMA athletes and fighters and stuff, and he definitely stands out for his dedication,” said Gustafsson. “Because of the way he trains everyone. There is no one who trains like him. Anybody. I have not seen it. I’ve been around the world to see fighters training and having their camps and training for a fight. This guy doesn’t get tired. He doesn’t feel any pain, he suffers it.

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