Khamzat Chimaev has been under the scanner after his performance against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273. Even though Khamzat secured a unanimous decision victory against Burns, MMA fans have started raising doubts over the dominance of Khamzat and even noted that he is overhyped.
Now, Khamzat’s coach Andreas Michael has responded to the criticism about his protégé. Michael cited examples of former UFC Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Islam Makhachev to talk about the situation.
“If we thought in those lines, in that way, then great fighters like Khabib (Nurmagomedov) and (Islam) Makhachev, in reality, would not have that chance. Because when Makhachev got knocked out on the same card as Cormier versus Alexander Gustafsson in 215 (2015), I think. And in the first round, after one minute and forty-six seconds, he (Makhachev) got dropped. And if we thought that, ‘Oh, man, he’s rubbish. He’s not that good.’ I think he’s one of the best fighters in the UFC, in my opinion,” he said (h/t Sportskeeda).
Khamzat is still undefeated in his professional MMA career and UFC. He currently holds a professional MMA record of 11-0 to his name and is 5-0 in the UFC with four finishes and a decision win.
Rumors suggested that Khamzat could be on his way to fight Colby Covington or Leon Edwards next before fighting for the title against reigning UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
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