Khamzat Chimaev says Kamaru Usman the goal, will take Chechnya vs. Stockton battle with Nick Diaz
After a prolonged fight with COVID-19, Khamzat Chimaev is prepared to eliminate once again, and he likes the concept being drifted about of a prospective clash with Nick Diaz.
The 26-year-old Chimaev states he matured viewing the famous Diaz and would now like to evaluate his himself versus such an identifiable name.
“I want to fight with him,” Chimaev informed Mixed Martial Arts Addict. “That will be good. I watched his fight when I was a kid, now I’m going to fight with him. Perfect for me. I like it. I want to see who is the real gangster. I think he is a real gangster in this sport, but we’ll see.”
This previous year, Chimaev made an instant effect in the UFC, making 3 wins in a period of simply 2 months and was granted Mixed Martial Arts Addict’s 2020 “Breakout Fighter of the Year.” Nevertheless, he hasn’t combated considering that this previous September while dealing with remaining concerns triggered by the unique coronavirus that has actually affected the whole world.
At one point, Chimaev even revealed he was ignoring the sport, leading lots of to question simply how bad his infection really was. Now, he states he didn’t truly fear for his own security however understood he merely couldn’t endanger his health for the sake of sport – not when there were more crucial things to tend to in your home.
“I was never scared about my life,” Chimaev stated. “I was scared about, like, what am I going to do with my mom and my family. That’s what I was scared about. That’s why I said maybe I was finished with the sport. My health is more important for me because I have to help my mom and my family.”
However after taking some time off from training, Chimaev stated he’s now back to one hundred percent, and he’s itching to take another battle.
“I’m healthy now,” Chimaev stated. “My father, my brother, they love the fight. They said, ‘If you want to fight, let’s do it.’ I said, ‘Of course I want to fight. All my life I want to fight. Why not now?’ I can make money, give help to somebody. That’s good for me.
“I love this sport. I love to smash somebody and make money. It’s so easy work. Go and fight? I did all my life fights, I never get money, and now I can make money with this sh*t. I love it.”
Chimaev stated he’s been focusing on the sport throughout his 7 months on the sidelines, however just one name has actually really stuck out to him throughout that time: UFC welterweight champ Kamaru Usman.
Chimaev stated he enjoyed Usman’s big win over Jorge Masvidal at this previous weekend’s UFC 261 and thinks “The Nigerian Nightmare” is the only male in the world at 170 pounds who can provide him a run for his cash.
“Usman looks good,” Chimaev stated. “Now I can say this: In my weight class, he is the best fighter in the world. … Next year, he have to wait for me. I understand I have to fight with somebody (first), and I always say it doesn’t matter for me who is against me. I’m going to go for everybody.”
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Chimaev’s name was raised in the post-fight interview at this previous weekend’s occasion, and UFC president Dana White didn’t dismiss the concept of a battle with Diaz, who it appears is lastly prepared to enter the octagon once again following more than 6 years away.
Chimaev (9-0 Mixed Martial Arts, 3-0 UFC) stated he invites a pairing with Diaz (26-9 Mixed Martial Arts, 7-6 UFC) and is aware of the track record he and bro Nate Diaz give the cage.
“He’s a legend,” Chimaev stated. “Everybody knows him in this world, the MMA world. He’s good. These good guys, they’re like play gangsters. It’s going to be a good fight if he wants to fight against me. I don’t know. Maybe he’s scared.”
If the “play gangsters” line seems like a little bit of trashtalk, well, Chimaev isn’t precisely shy when it concerns that. Naturally, it’s likewise essential to keep in mind that he matured in Chechnya, which has actually been host to several armed disputes and insurrections throughout his life.
“This is MMA; this is sport,” Chimaev stated. “Who is the gangster here? Gangster is other things. People kill each other. Maybe in this game, (Diaz) is a gangster. You can say like that. I grow up in the war, brother. This is bullsh*t for me, somebody’s a gangster. No, I’ve seen many things in my life. For me, nobody is gangster.”
However semantics aside, Chimaev states he does invite the match. He’s presently restricting his training while fasting throughout Ramadan, which ends May 12. He then plans on training with his coaches for 3 weeks in Chechnya prior to transferring to either Allstars Training Center in Stockholm or to Las Vegas and the UFC Efficiency Institute. In any case, he’s currently let UFC brass understand he’s prepared to get something on the books.
“I hope I’m going to fight in August,” Chimaev stated. “I told Dana White yesterday. He said he’s ready to give me somebody, and I said to him, ‘Don’t forget about me. I’m going to kill everybody there.’”
Ultimately, he hopes he works his method to a 2022 date with Usman for the UFC welterweight title. However he understands there are a couple of actions to make prior to then. If Diaz wishes to be the next male up, Chimaev stated he’s video game.
“I was out for how many months?” Chimaev asked. “He was out many years. Coming back, it will be good. I think UFC can make good money with that, press conference and all that. I like these guys. We’re going to play some gangsters.
“I’m coming back, and we kill somebody, smash somebody. Now we have Diaz. I don’t know, both maybe someday? Both brothers. We’re going to see who is the real gangster. Chechen gangster is better than Stockton gangster.”
To see the complete interview with Chimaev, have a look at the video listed below.
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.