Khamzat Chimaev's future looks bright, according to Aljamain Sterling. Chimaev's dominant ways continued this past weekend at UFC 279, as fans have grown accustomed to seeing. Originally scheduled to fight Nate Diaz in a welterweight bout, "Borz" failed to make weight by seven and a half pounds. As a result, the UFC was forced to make some changes, resulting in Chimaev facing Kevin Holland in the co-main event.
Chimaev dominated Holland from the start, submitting him via d'arce choke just over two minutes in. Sterling, who used his own great wrestling skills to rise to the top of the bantamweight division as champion, couldn't have been more impressed by yet another Chimaev pounding.
Sterling gave his honest thoughts on Khamzat Chimaev’s on his Youtube channel performance and said “Khamzat Chimaev ... just an absolute beast and stud of an athlete and stud of a fighter, man,” “The guy is just a special gift to this generation of MMA, in my personal and humble opinion.
“I can’t see anyone else on this [official UFC rankings] list who can really give him a significant challenge unless they are going to be specialists in the grappling department. Not just BJJ, they have to have some type of wrestling. I think Khamzat is a shoo-in to be a champion already.”
Chimaev remains ranked third in the UFC welterweight rankings despite missing weight and winning his 12th consecutive fight. Now it's just a matter of whether he'll keep chasing that 170-pound title or try his hand at middleweight once more. Sterling, on the other hand, sees the 28-year-old smashing machine taking out all comers.
“Khamzat is there and he’s coming for everybody’s ass,” Sterling said. “I think he’s legitimately coming for everybody and the way he’s doing it, I think it’s scary. Scary good. He took one strike over the course of how many fights? The only person who’s been able to really touch him up was Gilbert Burns.”
Who do you think Khamzat Chimaev will face next?