Mon. Jul 15th, 2024

Khamzat Chimaev Next Fight: 5 Potential Banger Matchups For Borz

Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev has become one of the most electrifying fighters in the UFC, captivating fans with his ferocity and dominant grappling skill. As Chimaev’s star continues to rise, speculation is rampant about who might challenge him next. Here are five potential opponents who could face Chimaev in the Octagon at the Abu Dhabi card in October (UFC 308).

1. Sean Strickland

Sean Strickland

#1 Middleweight

Record: 29-6

Sean Strickland, known for his aggressive striking and unfiltered personality, could be a thrilling match for Chimaev. Strickland’s ability to maintain relentless pressure could test Chimaev’s wrestling and striking defense. This fight would offer a clash of styles and personalities, likely resulting in fireworks both in and out of the cage. This fight has the potential to be a PPV headliner.

2. Jared Cannonier

Jared Cannonier

#5 Middleweight
Record: 17-7
Jared Cannonier’s knockout power and resilience make him a formidable challenge for anyone in the division. His striking power is complemented by a solid defensive game, presenting a well-rounded threat to Chimaev. A bout between Chimaev’s relentless grappling and Cannonier’s striking prowess would be a high-stakes test for both fighters. The Killa Gorilla v The Borz sounds very fascinating.

3. Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker

#3 Middleweight
Record: 26-7
Rescheduling bout with Bobby Knuckles after chimaev’s pullout at UFC Saudi  card on june 22 is a great option also. Former middleweight champion Robert Whittaker is renowned for his technical striking and exceptional takedown defense. A fight between Whittaker and Chimaev would be a clash of elite skills and fight IQ, providing Chimaev a chance to prove himself against one of the best in the division. Whittaker’s ability to adapt and counter his opponents would challenge Chimaev’s versatility and endurance.

4. Roman Dolidze

Roman Dolidze

#10 Middleweight
Record: 13-3
Roman Dolidze brings a mix of powerful striking and high-level grappling, making him a compelling opponent for Chimaev. Dolidze’s background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and his aggressive fighting style could pose a unique challenge. A matchup between Chimaev and Dolidze would test Chimaev’s grappling against an opponent who is both skilled on the ground and dangerous in striking exchanges. Dolidze recently called out chimaev after beating Anthony Smith at UFC 303.

5. Paulo Costa

Paulo Costa

#8 Middleweight
Record: 14-4
Costa and Chimaev were scheduled to face each other at UFC 294 but costa pulled out due to staph infection. Costa’s explosive power and aggressive fighting style could lead to a high-octane bout against Chimaev. Costa’s ability to walk down opponents and throw heavy strikes would test Chimaev’s chin and defensive capabilities. Given Costa’s striking against Chimaev’s grappling, this fight promises a thrilling clash of strengths and could be a fan favorite.

Khamzat Chimaev’s  absence in the UFC has created a buzz around his future matchups. Each of these potential opponents offers a unique challenge that could push Chimaev to his limits and further cement his place among the elite fighters in the UFC. Whether it’s a clash of styles, personalities, or sheer fighting prowess, these matchups promise to deliver excitement and anticipation for fight fans around the world.

Who do you think should face Khamzat Chimaev next? Share your thoughts, comment down below.

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