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Khamzat Chimaev Draws On Similarities With Khabib Nurmagomedov Ahead of UFC Return

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Khamzat Chiamev on similarities with Khabib Nurmagomedov

After back to back dominant victories in UFC, Khamzat Chimaev has made a name for himself in such a short period of time. Chimaev made his UFC debut back in July against John Phillips. Chimaev won the fight via submission in the second round after dominating Phillips for the entire fight. He landed over 100 strikes, while absorbing just a single strike during the whole fight. Chiamaev returned under 10 days against Rhys McKee and put up another dominating performance. This time around, Chimaev picked up a TKO win over McKee with brutal ground and pound in the very first round of the fight. Chiamev picked up Performance of the Night bonus award for both his fights, and created history as he registered the fastest successful turnaround in the history of UFC.

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Ahead of his much anticipated return to the octagon, Khamzat Chimaev has been in the news for many reasons. Chiamev became the first fighter in UFC to be booked for two fights, even before the conclusion of the first fight. Khamzat Chimaev takes on Gerald Meerschaert, and is expected to take on former Welterweight title contender Damien Maia in Novemeber. It’s first time in the history of UFC, that the promotion has officially announced two fights for a fighter.

Khamzat Chimaev wants to create his own history

In the recently concluded press conference ahead of the anticipated match-up, Khamzat Chimaev was asked on his similarities with UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Both the fighters hail from Russia and have been dominant inside the UFC octagon. When questioned on the parallels with Khabib, Chimaev had this to say about the undefeated great.

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“I am not Khabib. I am Khamzat. My history my history. His history is his history. I am going to do my history”

While Khamzat Chiamev has stated that he wants to compete at the Welterweight division, he will be competing at the Middleweight division this weekend. With a lot of hype around the young fighter, it will be interesting to see how he will fare against a seasoned veteran in the form of Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11.