The Welterweight contest of UFC 267’s fight features the fight between the number 11th ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Li Jingliang facing one of the most rapidly rising Welterweight fighters of the year 2020, Khamzat Chimaev. Here is the UFC 267 Khamzat Chimaev vs Li Jingliang Prediction, Odds, and Fight Preview.
UFC 267: Khamzat Chimaev vs Li Jingliang Fight Preview
Khamzat Chimaev’s name needs no introduction in the UFC Welterweight division. He became an overnight star in the year 2020 by setting a record of winning three consecutive fights in the least number of days. Chimaev made his UFC debut against John Phillips at UFC on ESPN: Kattar vs Ige.
He won three consecutive fights that too within the duration of 63 days. Chimaev secured his last win against Gerald Meerschaert on UFC Fight Night: Covington vs Woodley. Following this, he was booked to face the number 2nd ranked UFC Welterweight fighter, Leon Edwards on three different occasions.
But Khamzat Chimaev got affected with COVID and after that, he dealt with its adverse effects as well. On one point of all this COVID-related issue, he even decided to end his fighting career and announced his retirement. The leader of his country and UFC president Dana White talked to him and he agreed to train again and make his comeback inside the Octagon.
This fight at UFC 267 is a big opportunity for Chimaev to make a comeback in the win column and enter the official rankings of the Welterweight division.
Li Jingliang on the other hand is one of the budding contenders in the UFC Welterweight division. He made his debut against David Michaud on UFC 173. He won four out of his last five fights and his only loss came against Neil Magny on UFC 248.
Jingliang is coming into this fight with a win against Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on ABC: Holloway vs Kattar. He also won the performance of the night bonus for his KO win against Ponzinibbio and now he wants to end Chimaev’s undefeated streak in this fight.
UFC 267: Khamzat Chimaev vs Li Jingliang Prediction and Odds
Khamzat Chimaev is the heavy betting favorite entering into this fight with betting odds of -350 in his favor against Li Jingliang who is a big underdog with betting odds of +444 in his favor.
This is going to be a big fight in the UFC Welterweight division and it is going to be interesting to see whether Chimaev will carry his hype after this fight ends of Jingliang will give him the first loss of his MMA career.
Predicted Result: Khamzat Chimaev def Li Jingliang