Khamzat Chimaev absolutely destroyed Kevin Holland in the co-main event of UFC 279.
Chimaev was easily able to take Holland down and was all over him on the ground. He then proceeded to forcefully set up a D’Arce choke and submitted Holland after just 2:13 mins.
The demonstration was a great display of high level grappling from Chimaev who is a accomplished wrestler but just a purple belt in BJJ while Holland is a black belt under respected UFC vet Travis Lutter since 2020.
Khamzat’s BJJ instructor Alan Finfou stated that Khamzat is exposing fake BJJ black belt in the UFC:
“I’m making Khamzat expose all the fake black belts in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu that is in the MMA. Why? Because nowadays people just get belts like they go to McDonald’s. They don’t do the job. You know, he just got his purple belt. How many black belts in his career has he finished? So that shows. I’m using him to expose many guys. If you’re legit, doesn’t fit for you. But if you’re not, you better run.”
Khamzat Chimaev has defeated 4 BJJ black belts in the UFC: Gerald Meerschaert, Li Jingliang, Gilbert Burns and the aforementioned Kevin Holland.
Gilbert Burns was his toughest fight as he landed 119 punches on him, but the rest of the 5 fighters landed an accumulated 1 strike…
These fighters are all at a high level in MMA and BJJ. Meerschaert has 27 submissions, Jingliang has 4 submissions, Burns has 8 submissions and Holland has 6 submissions in their careers.
In the past Finfou told tatame, about selling belts in BJJ:
“Unfortunately, it’s very sad what’s happening with Jiu-Jitsu. Before it was an out of the world accomplishment to receive your black belt for a jiu-jitsu practitioner. I’m afraid that one day the time will come when people will feel ashamed to say they are the blackbelt of jiu-jitsu because of all that is happening today. I, in particular, do not see a come back or a solution for that. It’s very said. ” Finfou said about the existence of black belts in the world of the gentle art.
He added: “I believe that it is true, it’s not only here in Brazil but also in every other place. I take care of my work and show it daily in practice. I work every day as a teacher and an athlete as well as student because this is the only way people can actually see the difference between real black belts and lies. “