Gilbert Burns feels that the hype surrounding Khamzat Chimaev is similar to that of the hype that was around Sage Northcutt.
Speaking to Sportskeeda recently, Burns admitted that Khamzat is good while adding that there have been cases like this before.
“We saw Sage Northcutt was kind of like that – dude was everywhere until he lost. The hype was kind of that crazy. Especially when the guy got a couple of crazy knockouts and can do crazy flips. It was kind of like that. But I do believe Khamzat Chimaev is very good too,” he said.
Burns further went on to add that the hype surrounding Khamzat will not stop even if he picks up a loss in his next fight.
"I don't think it's going to come to an end. I think I'm going to beat him... I just think the step up in competition to out of ranks to a Chinese guy that's very good but then going up to the No.2 I think the step will be very big. They will have to kind of slow down a little bit and then build him up. I still believe he's very good and he's going to do good things in the sport - but no on top of me!" Burns added.
UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is helping Burns with the camp for Khamzat Chimaev as well. What do you think will happen when Burns fights Chimaev at UFC 273? Let us know in the comment section of the article below.