Chael Sonnen who is a martial arts veteran and a former UFC fighter has explained why beating Khamzat Chimaev seems to be a “big problem”. Chimaev, currently 4-0 in the UFC, will be returning to the octagon in April for a showdown against Gilbert Burns. Chimaev’s upcoming bout against ‘Durinho‘ promises to be the biggest fight of his career so far. However, in a recently uploaded video on his YouTube channel, Sonnen claimed that the lack of fight footage for Chimaev is one of the reasons why it is so hard to beat the Russian-born Swedish fighter.
Chael Sonnen said:”This is a big problem beating Chimaev right now, you don’t have a lot of footage to turn to. You could go and watch every fight that he’s had that’s been televised, that’s going to take you the same five minutes that everybody else, that’s not much time. You watch us walk out in his interviews, you haven’t killed a half hour. You watch every fight, in every sequence and rewind before he throws a jab, what is the first thing he does? Before he throws in a cross, which way does he lean?”
He continued “I mean these are tendencies that everybody wants to look for. Before he shoots the double leg, what is he does? If you go look Chimaev’s very last fight, he walked across the ring and he shot a double, he had no setup whatsoever. He had no tail, he had no gimmick, he doesn’t hit you with this foot first, he doesn’t blink before he does. He walked right across, he grabs you with a double. The second that you’re within arm’s reach, it’s very problematic. You’ve got to deal with it, everybody’s got to deal with it.”
“He’s the next champ champ” Chael Sonnen backs Khamzat Chimaev to be the next double champ in the UFC
Chael Sonnen believes Khamzat Chimaev has the potential to become the next two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. While he may only sit at 4-0 in the promotion right now, Chimaev has already spread two wins across both middleweight and welterweight. That, in itself, doesn’t serve as enough proof that he can become a champion at either 185 or 170 pounds. However, it certainly highlights how dominant he is given that he’s finished all four of his opponents thus far.
Chimaev has made it known that he wants to go after every belt possible. At the same time, he is also yet to face a truly elite member of either division. Across the history of the UFC, we’ve seen Randy Couture, BJ Penn, Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre, Daniel Cormier, Amanda Nunes and Henry Cejudo capture belts in two weight classes. As per Chael Sonnen, we could be looking at the eighth in Chimaev.
“I do think that Chimaev has got some really hard work in front of him, but he’s probably the guy, if you’re only giving me one option, he’s probably the guy most likely [to become a double champion].”