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Khamzat Chimaev has promised his mother that he will retire after becoming a ‘legit champion’

Khamzat Chimaev has promised to retire after cementing his legacy as the greatest fighter in the world.

Make the most of Khamzat Chimaev whilst he’s here because the Chechnan might not be around for too long.

Chimaev, 27, revealed in a recent interview with Smesh Bros that he plans to follow in the footsteps of UFC lightweight GOAT Khabib Nurmagomedov and retire on top.

The 27-year-old wrecking machine, who competes at both welterweight and middleweight, made a promise to his mother during his prolonged battle with COVID-19 that he would retire after becoming a ‘legit champion’ and cementing his legacy as one of the greatest fighters in UFC history.

“My mother thinks I become a champion after each fight I win,” Chimaev said (h/t Sports Manor). I did promise I will retire when I become a legit champion. So my goal is to be no. 1 and then I will retire.”

Chimaev (10-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) has made light work of every opponent he’s faced in the Octagon so far and has promised to ‘smash smesh everybody’ in the UFC. The Chechen-born Swede will return to the cage to take on top-three welterweight and former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 273.

The highly anticipated pay-per-view, which features a headlining featherweight title bout between Alexander Volkanovski and Chan Sung Jung as well as a co-headlining bantamweight championship bout between Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, takes place this Saturday, April 9 at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida.