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Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev is a professional mixed martial artist who gained significant attention and recognition in the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) for his impressive performances and rapid rise in the welterweight and middleweight divisions. Born on May 1, 1994, in Chechnya, Russia, Chimaev represents Sweden in his fighting career.

Chimaev began his professional MMA career in 2018 and quickly gained attention for his dominant fighting style. He possesses a well-rounded skill set that includes exceptional wrestling, striking, and grappling abilities. Chimaev has displayed a relentless fighting style, often overwhelming his opponents with his aggressive and relentless approach.

Chimaev made his UFC debut on July 15, 2020, with a dominant victory over John Phillips, earning a second-round submission via D’Arce choke. Just ten days later, he made history by winning his second UFC bout, defeating Rhys McKee via first-round TKO. This feat made him the quickest UFC fighter to win two fights in separate weight classes within ten days.

Chimaev’s impressive performances continued when he faced Gerald Meerschaert on September 19, 2020. In a mere 17 seconds, he knocked out Meerschaert with a devastating overhand right, solidifying his reputation as a rising star in the UFC. Chimaev’s victory against Meerschaert earned him Performance of the Night honors.

However, after this fight, Chimaev faced setbacks due to health issues related to COVID-19. His recovery took longer than anticipated, and he had to withdraw from scheduled bouts, including a highly anticipated matchup against top-ranked welterweight Leon Edwards.

Despite the challenges, Chimaev made his return to the octagon on July 25, 2021, with a dominant victory over Li Jingliang, winning via first-round TKO. This win showcased Chimaev’s explosive striking and grappling skills once again, reminding fans and critics of his immense potential.

Khamzat Chimaev’s fighting style, combined with his impressive performances and quick ascent in the UFC, have made him one of the most talked-about prospects in the sport. His aggressive approach, dominant victories, and well-rounded skill set have generated significant hype, and many consider him a future title contender in either the welterweight or middleweight division.

Gilbert Burns

Gilbert Burns, also known as “Durinho,” is a Brazilian mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship). Born on July 20, 1986, in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Burns has built a reputation as a skilled and versatile fighter.

Burns began his professional MMA career in 2012 after a successful grappling career that included multiple world championships in Brazilian jiu-jitsu. He quickly made an impact in the UFC with his well-rounded skill set, particularly his exceptional grappling skills.

Known for his high-level Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Burns has showcased his grappling prowess in numerous fights, earning him multiple submission victories. He possesses a deep understanding of submissions, transitions, and ground control, making him a formidable opponent on the mat.

In addition to his grappling skills, Burns has developed his striking game over the years. He has shown improved striking technique and power, which has led to knockout victories in the UFC. His striking ability has become a valuable asset in his fights, making him a well-rounded and dangerous competitor.

Throughout his UFC career, Burns has faced a range of notable opponents in the welterweight division. Some of his notable victories include wins over Demian Maia, Tyron Woodley, and Stephen Thompson. These victories have helped elevate Burns’ status in the division and positioned him as a top contender.

Burns had the opportunity to challenge for the UFC welterweight title against his former teammate, Kamaru Usman, on February 13, 2021, at UFC 258. Although he displayed his skills and had some success in the early rounds, Burns ultimately lost the fight via third-round TKO.

Despite the setback, Burns remains a highly regarded fighter in the welterweight division and continues to showcase his skills in the Octagon. With his grappling expertise, striking improvements, and tenacious fighting style, he remains a formidable presence in the UFC welterweight division, and fans and pundits are eager to see his future performances and potential title contention opportunities.

 

 

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