Khamzat Chimaev shoots down Khabib Nurmagomedov comparisons: “I am Khamzat. I can knock out people.”

Khamzat Chimaev
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Undefeated fighter Khamzat Chimaev scored another sensational finish at last night’s UFC Vegas 11 event, defeating Gerald Meerschaert in just 17-seconds.

The Swedish standout connected with a perfectly timed overhand right that sent Meerschaert crashing to the Octagon canvas in a state of unconsciousness.

The spectacular finish marked Chimaev’s third UFC victory in the past ninety days, this after scoring stoppage wins over opponents John Phillips and Rhys Mckee on UFC Fight Island.

Due to his perfect record and ability to “smesh” his opponents, Khamzat Chimaev has of course drawn comparisons to reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Khabib Nurmagomedov

However, Chimaev is not a fan of the comparison, he explained why during last night’s UFC Vegas 11 post-fight press conference.

“Everybody say ‘You Khabib, Khabib No. 2,’ something like that,” Chimaev said (via MMAMania). “But I am Khamzat. I can knock out people. Like, submit the people. Smash the people. Everything. I have everything.”

It was already determined by UFC officials that if victorious against Meerschaert, Khamzat Chimaev would fight former title challenger Demian Maia next.

Oddsmakers have already pegged Chimaev as a massive favorite for the potential Maia fight, one which he would hope to win via submission.

“Yeah why not.” he said. “He’s best jiu jitsu in MMA. Now stop him? If I choke him out I am best jiu jitsu in MMA. We’ll see. I am ready for everybody. Like I said to Dana, if you give me Demian Maia I am ready for him. If they give me Brock Lesnar, I am ready for him also.”

As for Khabib Nurmagomedov, the promotions reigning and undefeated lightweight champion is expected to square off with Justin Gaethje at next month’s UFC 254 event on Fight Island.

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This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on September 20, 2020