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Free fight: Watch Khamzat Chimaev’s bloody brawl with Gilbert Burns

Khamzat Chimaev’s toughest test to date came at UFC 273.

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Who is Khamzat Chimaev?

This weekend Khamzat Chimaev is scheduled to headline his first ever UFC main event. At UFC 279 he’ll be meeting Nate Diaz in a bout that could further the Chechen’s rep as super prospect turned bona fide title contender.

Chimaev’s rise to the top of MMA has been meteoric, thanks to a blistering 2020 where he won three fights in quick succession and in devastating fashion. In his UFC debut he defeated John Phillips with a d’arce choke. He then TKO’d Rhys Mckee. He followed those wins up with a 17-second KO of Gerald Meerschaert.

These wins had UFC President Dana White calling Chimaev a future champion. The UFC attempted to fast-track Chimaev up the UFC’s welterweight rankings with a match-up with current champion Leon Edwards. However, COVID-19 got in the way.

After a lengthy spell on the sidelines, battling severe symptoms of COVID, Chimaev returned in late 2021 and beat Li Jingliang by submission.

That win reignited the hype around Chimaev and he was soon booked with an opponent designed to test whether or not he was ready for the big time.

At UFC 273 in April, Chimaev met Gilbert Burns, who was just a year removed from fighting Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title.

You can watch that contest, which won Fight of the Night honours, below — for free:

It’s safe to say that Chimaev came through his test against Burns with flying colours. He didn’t score a finish over the wily Brazilian, but he showed he deserved to be fighting the who’s who of the welterweight (and maybe middleweight) division.

If he beats Diaz on Saturday, which many are expecting he will, Chimaev will be in prime position to fight for the 170 lbs belt in the near future.

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BLOCKBUSTER WELTERWEIGHT SHOWDOWN! Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Sat., Sept. 10, 2022, with a must-watch updated Welterweight thriller that will see perennial fan favorite, Nate Diaz now battles former top-ranked Lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson, who will return to the 170-pound weight class for this last minute, upgraded assignment. Meanwhile, In UFC 279’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event, we now get the undefeated No. 3-ranked contender, Khamzat Chimaev, opposite Kevin ‘Trailblazer’ Holland.

Don’t miss a single second of EPIC face-punching action!