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26 July 2020 14:44

Diana Belbita Ultimate Fighting Championship Mixed martial arts

UFC fans have been going wild for Swedish fighter Khazmat Chimaev after he won his second fight in 10 days. Chimaev, who achieved the two recent wins across different weight classes, made light work of Rhys McKee with a first round stoppage after he picked up the Northern Irish fighter, carried him towards his own corner and started going to work on him in the opening round. Just ten days prior, Chimaev executed another first-round knockout on John Phillips in the middleweight division. Fans are going wild for Swedish fighter Khamzat Chimaev after his second win in ten days Many are comparing Chimaev to lightweight world champion Khabib Nurmagomedov Fans have been comparing Chimaev's demeanour and killer-instinct to no-other than current lightweight world champions Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib is one of the most feared fighters inside the octagon as he boasts a perfect 28-0-0 record in the UFC.

One fan took to Twitter after Chimaev's domination inside the first round, as he said: 'Khamzat Chimaev is the next Khabib.' Another fan said: 'Khamzat Chimaev is the future. Another fan was taken aback by the manner of both the Swede's victories inside the octagon, as he said: 'Chimaev is the next Khabib pure domination.' The 26-year-old, who also strikes a resemblance to the Russian Nurmagomedov with his long beard and short hair, set a modern day UFC record after his second victory inside ten days. His ten-day massacre of Phillips and McKee was the shortest span between octagon wins since the days of one-night tournaments. It is no wonder that Chimaev was rewarded for his performance in the welterweight bout with McKee, as he landed 68 strikes - 40 of them classed as significant strikes - whilst his opponent did not land a single finger on him. In 10 days, Khamzat Chimaev moved himself from the European regional scene to the UFC, from obscurity to newfound stardom (at least among hardcore fans).

Two wins in ten days is a new record inside the Octagon, and Chimaev picked up his first victory on short-notice while fighting up a weight class. A new prospect debuts in style and has the fighting world ablaze with hype; that's a combat sports origin story as old as time. In both UFC bout, that's what we've witnessed: Chimaev effortlessly brutalizing his opponents without the least bit of effective resistance. However, for the vast majority of fighters not-named Khabib Nurmagomedov or Kamaru Usman, the style runs into a wall as the level of competition rises. That's been proven repeatedly in each of his UFC fights.

Defeating a grinder like Chimaev requires a certain level of physicality, but McKee is a former Lightweight, and a skinny kickboxer at that. That's not the type of fighter to really threaten a grinder like Chimaev. In short, Chimaev did everything he was supposed to do, dominating two fighters who were stylistic softballs. Most fighters who grind relentlessly like Chimaev eventually run into a level of competition that denies their control, and it all falls apart from there. KHAMZAT CHIMAEV is the man of the moment in the UFC.

The Swede, by way of Chechnya, Russia, set a new record in the promotion by winning two fights in the space of ten days. Chimaev made short work of Ballymena's Rhys McKee on Saturday night to cap off a memorable couple of weeks on Fight Island for himself. Chimaev is 26 years old and has been a professional MMA fighter since May 2018. He is 8-0 as a professional and set a new UFC record - winning two fights in the space of ten days at Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. He has never seen the judges scorecards in his career so far - stopping all his opponents inside the distance. He had three fights as an amateur and won all three inside the distance as well. He is currently two fights into his UFC contract and the safe money says hell be there for quite some time. In his post-fight interview with Dan Hardy after stopping Rhys McKee - Chimaev called out both welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and middleweight title-holder Israel Adesanya - vowing to fight both on the same night! He fights out of the Allstars Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden alongside UFC veterans Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi. He bounces between the middleweight and welterweight divisions - he submitted John Philips at 185 lbs on July 15 before stopping Rhys McKee at 170 lbs ten days later. UFC President Dana White is very impressed by Sweden's Khamzat Chimaev, and is hoping to get the undefeated welterweight prospect back into the Octagon soon. Chimaev competed on last night's UFC on ESPN 14 card, wiping out the debuting former BAMMA champion Rhys McKee inside the first round. Amazingly, Chimaev made his own UFC debut just 10 days' earlier, submitting John Phillips in the first round of a middleweight fight on July 15. Having kickstarted his UFC career with two first-round finishes in quick succession, Chimaev has already earned the adulation of White. Sports, White labelled Chimaev "special" and divulged that he hopes to have him fight again on August 15 in Las Vegas. Just spoke to @danawhite and he said @KChimaev "is special" and wants to fight again on Aug. 15 at #UFC252. 'Just spoke to @danawhite and he said [Khamzat Chimaev] "is special" and wants to fight again on Aug. 15 at #UFC252. With his first two Octagon wins, Chimaev, who trains alongside Alexander Gustafsson and Ilir Latifi at Allstars Training Centre in Stockholm, is now a perfect 8-0 as a professional mixed martial artist. Evidently, White is keen to introduce this new super prospect to the masses by giving him a place on the stacked UFC 252 card. The will already have a lot of eyes on it, and adding Khamzat Chimaev to the bill will only add more hype. Do you think Khamzat Chimaev is a future champion in the UFC?