Khamzat Chimaev boldly shoots off cryptic call-out to Gilbert Burns as fight rumours gain speed

Chimaev was earlier called out by Neil Magny and Belal Muhammad, but it was Burns' callout at the end that interested "The Borz" the most.

Gilbert Burns- Khamzat Chimaev
Gilbert Burns- Khamzat Chimaev

Looks like UFC Welterweights, Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns will eventually share the octagon and it might happen sooner than one could expect. Chimaev, who last fought at UFC 267 securing the first-round submission after returning from a year layoff due to Covid immediately affirmed his issues of not being able to get an opponent anytime soon. This led to a massive question mark on the competition of the welterweight division by the MMA community.

It was in the wake of this situation that Neil Magny became the first person to openly call out Chimaev for a fight, again and again, followed by Belal Muhammad and Geoff Neal. But eventually, all the efforts didn’t reciprocate equally well from Chimaev’s side. Until former UFC title challenger Gilbert Burns went into Chimaev’s Instagram DM to message him a proposed date of April 9, 2022, to which Chimaev rode on with excitement and since then, both Burns and Chimaev have traded equally enthusiastic callouts against each other to fight.

Khamzat Chimaev wants Gilbert Burns over everybody, win can put him into title shot instantly against Kamaru Usman

Khamzat Chimaev(L), Gilbert Burns(R)
Khamzat Chimaev (L), Gilbert Burns (R)

It was another day for Chimaev to keep on calling Burns for the fight when he posted a picture of himself in black and white, but here’s the deal, the face is coloured and is symbolic of Brazil’s national flag, the country from where Burns belong. Chimaev seems all excited and seems like the hunger won’t be satiated until and unless he gets what he wants.

Chimaev, who’s 4-0 in the UFC has only been hit twice inside the octagon, such as the dominance as credited to his skillset. Chimaev’s teammates, notable UFC light-heavyweights like Alexander Gustaffson and Ilir Latifi believe that Chimaev is skilled enough to dethrone the current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, who himself has defended the title a shocking 5 times and is the pound-for-pound #1 fighter in the world.

A win over a former title challenger like Burns will instantly put Chimaev right into the title picture. But it’s also up to the UFC if they want to rush a potential megastar in Chimaev so soon against one of the best welterweights in the world right now in Burns. What do you think of this matchup? Do you think it’s too soon for Chimaev or will Burns perish in front of the former’s skillset which is yet to be fully unfolded?

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Abhai Singh Tanwar is MMA writer at FirstSportz. He is a combat sports enthusiast who was a Taekwondo practitioner for a decade and practiced MMA for six months. Other than combat sports, hobbies and interests include listening music, writing poems, etc. Previously have written content for Spirit for Youth Foundation and The Happy Company.