Belal Muhammad was certainly impressed by Khamzat Chimaev’s recent performance against Li Jinglians at UFC 267, many thought Khamzat wouldn’t be the same after his encounter with Covid-19, he proved everyone wrong, and now he’s got everyone’s attention.
Although Khamzat has dominated every single opponent he has faced, Belal believes he still needs to prove himself against a grappler, while co-hosting The fighter vs. The writer, he said, “I mean when I’m thinking about it, Li Jingliang’s not the greatest grappler, and I knew that if Khamzat was going to come out, he could pretty much dominate him in grappling. He did that. To go through four fights, I don’t care who you’re fighting against, and to only get hit once, that’s another level.”
Belal went on to claim that he isn’t afraid of Chimaev, and he can prove out to be a real problem for him, “They’re trying to give him the title shot next just cause he’s winning so dominantly. I understand it. I understand the business. I understand the momentum, but he needs to fight somebody with better grappling. Somebody that can defend takedowns and stand up with him. Me, I just defended 21 of Demian Maia’s 22 takedowns, and I’m a guy that can strike with you, too and has a gas tank for days.” (H/T MMA Fighting.com)
“He’s looked so dominant, and we’ve only seen a small picture of him,” Belal Muhammad was certainly impressed by Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 267
Belal claimed just because he is winning so conveniently, it doesn’t mean he can beat anybody, “He’s looked so dominant, and we’ve only seen a small picture of him,” Muhammad said. “Now he’s adding the talking while fighting, the Khabib [Nurmagomedov] style to it. It’s exciting for fans and fans that don’t really understand MMA and just think that he’s going to walk through everybody and kill everybody just because of how easily he’s winning.
“But I think stylistically, our styles match up very well, and maybe it’s not one of those things where I think I’m going to go in there and dominate him, but I think I will definitely give him a bigger fight than anyone he’s ever fought before.” (H/T MMA Fighting.com)