Khamzat Chimaev faced UFC title challenger and BJJ world champion Gilbert Burns in his last UFC fight. The match was an absolute battle where Chimaev won by decision.
Chimaev revealed in arecent interview that his instructor Alan ‘Finfou’ Nascimento would promote him to purple belt if he was able to submit Burns during the fight. Nascimento has already defeated Burns 3 or 4 times in BJJ competition according to Chimaev.
This seemed a tall task for Chimaev but in MMA, with strikes, everything is possible.
In the fight, Chimaev was able to take down Burns multiple times and he was never in any danger with Burns on his back. Chimaev didn’t show much on the ground as he kept standing back up avoiding Burns’ Jiu-Jitsu.
Chimaev in the press conference, revealed that his instructor promoted him to purple belt after the fight.
He stated: “It means a lot to me. I work very hard for this, brother. I’ve faced 3 BJJ black belts in my last fights and I beat all of them. ”