The Khamzat Chimaev hype train picked up a massive head of steam after the 27-year-old produced another devastating stoppage at UFC 267 tonight. This was the biggest test of the Swedish welterweight’s career and one he passed with flying colours.
Opponent Jingliang Li came into the fight in Abu Dhabi on the back of arguably his best win inside the Octagon. Having made his UFC debut in 2014 the Chinese fighter racked up ten victories and reached #11 in the rankings.
Chimaev scored three UFC wins in quick succession but missed nearly a year after contracting Covid-19. There were some questions marks over whether he could rediscover his explosive form and the Dagestani-born fighter answered them emphatically.
Takedown off the rip for @KChimaev!
— UFC (@ufc) October 30, 2021
Chimaev looked back to his aggressive best as he went straight for the takedown and manhandled Li to the canvas. He cracked Li with several stout left hands before taking his back.
Li ate a barrage of punches before Chimaev sunk in a tight rear naked choke. The Chinese fighter refused to tap but as his body went limp the referee called a stop to the contest.
Chimaev extends his unbeaten record to 10-0, picked up a $50,000 USD performance bonus and will surely enter the top ten in the welterweight rankings. Li slips to 18-7.
Afterwards Chimaev boldly proclaimed himself to be ‘the biggest fighter in the world now’,
"I'm the biggest fighter in the world now."
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