Khamzat Chimaev (10-0-0) looks formidable with a four-fight win streak showcasing pure dominance during his run at the UFC. The 27-year old has set impressive records proving from time to time the hype around him is real. While the milestones set help to promote him being positioned as a marketable draw, facts and figures are something that color commentators adore.
The dream run for Chimaev started when he took the fight on short notice against John Phillips on UFC Fight Night: Kattar vs. Ige. Prior to that, he was set to face Jarrah al-Selawe at BRAVE Combat Federation for the welterweight title fight in Sweden. At UFC, Chimaev dominated his opponent with 43 significant strikes against 1, to finish the fight with D’Arce Choke On Ground.
Back to fighting within weeks, he caught the attention of the MMA world and Dana White alike to be debated as one of the hottest prospects in the world of combat sports. His latest win in his fourth fight at the UFC showcased one-sided dominance with the rising welterweight even chatting with the UFC president while grappling with his opponent.
During his post-fight interview, the freestyle wrestling gold medalist at the 2018 Swedish National Championship called out every possible fighter in the promotion, showcasing confidence with the charisma that can sell fights. While 2022 looks brighter for Chimaev with a possible title fight on the horizon, let us examine some of the exceptional records set by the rising star training at the Allstars Training Center, Sweden.
#5. The record for the fastest consecutive win in modern UFC history
Chimaev faced Rhys McKee 10 days after his first fight in the UFC. Not only did he win the fight but the Swedish star dominated the fight untouched by his opponent landing 40 significant strikes to win by TKO with punches as referee Rich Mitchell called an end to the fight. The win not only added legitimacy for him but also made him visible on the radar of Dana White.
#4. On a Performance of the Night Winning Streak
The 27-year-old Chimaev managed to win Performance of the Night bonuses in all four of his appearances in the UFC. He won the first three in a period of fewer than two months in two weight categories – welterweight and middleweight.
One among the most talked-about includes him delivering the highlight-reel knockout to Meerschaert finishing the fight in 17 seconds with a mere 4 significant strikes on his opponent.
#3. Sets record for quickest three-fight win streak in history
Khamzat Chimaev completed his three-fight win streak in just 66 days, which stands as a record. Currently, making a return after recovering from COVID, he has secured a victory that seemed effortless against Li Jingliang.
Demanding more fights after his win, the rising star has impressed veterans including Chael Sonnen, who explained Khamzat Chimaev might be closer to a title shot than previously anticipated and praised the young fighter for living up to his hype and carrying the momentum forward.
#2. Untouchable 252 against 2 significant strikes landed
In the UFC, Chimaev’s opponents are yet to land a strike that could rock the fighter representing the Allstar Training Center in Sweden. On his 4-fight run in the UFC, only twice did his opponents were able to land their mits on the “Borz”.
With a Significant Striking Accuracy at 77% landing 8.68 significant strikes per minute, Chimaev combines the lethality of a striker with a mastermind wrestler. This will indeed prove valuable as he sets his eye on the UFC welterweight title.
#1. 100% Finish Rate With Never Been Taken Down
One of Chimaev’s most impressive career records in his 10-fight career inside and outside the UFC is that he has never left the decision to the judges, finishing all his opponents. In his career, he remains not even taken down once during a fight and has dominated in every department including striking, grappling, and submission.
At BRAVE Combat Federation, he knocked down Ikram Aliskerov (11-1-0) the three-time Combat Sambo World Champion (2014, 2015, and 2016), and European Champion in 2017. An impressive feat considering that Khabib Nurmagomedov is a two-time Combat Sambo World Champion.
With an impressive set of records, the Chechen-born Swede is living up to the hype, raising the stakes even higher. He is currently training at the Allstar Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden, alongside the known fighters Alexander Gustafson and Illir Latifi.
Promising to be even more active in 2022, there is certainly much to expect from the 27-year old fighter who has his best years ahead. It is definite that these records will be backing the hype to an extent as Khamzat Chimaev is setting sights on the title picture.