Khamzat Chimaev has made quite an impression.
Chimaev is surging at a rapid rate. After easily winning his first two UFC fights with just 10 days apart, the Chechen-Swedish prospect knocked out veteran Gerald Meerschaert in just 17 seconds at UFC Vegas 11.
Chimaev has a perfect 9-0 record in MMA. Six of those wins came via knockout and three came by way of submission.
Chimaev has a rich wrestling background taking bronze in the Russian junior wrestling championships. He then wrestled for Swedish Wrestling club BK Athén. He easily won the Swedish national wrestling Championship in freestyle in 2018. He won his matches with a convincing 10-0, 10-0, 10-0 through the tournament and 7-0 in the final. Chimaev has won the Swedish Wrestling Championships in both welterweight and middleweight.
He recently started to train BJJ in the Gi at Allstars Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden. His BJJ instructor Alan “Finfou” Nascimento, a multiple-time BJJ world champion, felt it was time for Chimaev to be awarded his blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.
Although he has no match scheduled, Khamzat Chimaev is enjoying himself on Fight Island, with play wrestling Former double UFC champion Daniel Cormier who is also a former Olympian: