Who is Khamzat Chimaev? Khamzat Chimaev (Хамзат Чимаев, born May 1, 1994) is a Russian-born Swedish martial artist who competes in the welterweight and middle divisions of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Chimaev was born and raised in Chechnya and began fighting at the age of 5. In 2011, his family moved to Sweden and in 2018 he won a Swedish senior national freestyle wrestling championship at 92 kilograms.
After turning professional in May 2018, Chimaev collected six wins (all by finish) and no defeats before being signed by the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Chimaev made his promotional debut in a middleweight bout against John Phillips to replace Dusko Todorovic on July 16, 2020, at UFC on ESPN 13. He won the match by submission in the second round. This win earned him the Performance of the Night award.
Chimaev broke the fastest turnaround record among 10-day UFC wins (excluding one-night tournaments during the early days of the UFC), July 26, 2020 vs. Rhys McKee at UFC on ESPN: Whittaker vs. Rhys McKee. Till. He won the bout by technical knockout in the first round. This victory earned him his second consecutive Performance of the Night award.
In early September 2020, UFC President Dana White announced that he had “booked Chimaev twice” and returned to face Gerald Meerschaert on September 19, 2020 at UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley and is expected to face Demian Maia in October. She won the fight by knockout just 17 seconds into the first round. This victory earned him his third consecutive performance of the night.
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