The UFC phenomenon Chimaev shows an intense starting camp in minus ten degrees

The UFC phenomenon Chimaev shows an intense starting camp in minus ten degrees

Khamzat Chimaev has prepared for his next UFC test in the Swedish wilderness

The Chechen-born Swede Khamzat Chimaev is ready for an attack on the UFC championship in welterweight 2022 and ahead of what is expected to be a real rise in the competition this year, the undefeated superstar has shown exactly what he is doing to get ready to tackle the best fighters at 170lbs.

Chimaev has a perfect 4-0 since his UFC debut on “Fight Island” in the summer of 2020 and further strengthened his already glowing reputation with a shutout win against the tough Chinese striker Li Jingliang in October 2021 in his latest Octagon mission – a submission victory that broke him into the top 15 welterweight rankings for the first time.

However, the 27-year-old remains one of the most avoided fighters in the division – with UFC boss Dana White even saying that he understands why people like Nate Diaz have mocked the idea of ​​becoming the next man for the sensation that has not been taken further than that. fourth minute of a match since making his UFC arc.

“What do you think?” White told me TMZ last month when asked if Diaz refused to fight Chimaev because he was a “rookie”, as Diaz claimed, or if the Stockton veteran avoided content for reasons more akin to self-preservation.

“Listen, man. Khamzat is a straight killer. He’s a killer, he’s an absolute savage and I do not blame anyone for not wanting to fight Khamzat Chimaev,” White added of the fighter who won twice in ten days after to have agreed to the promotion. and added another knockout to his resume less than two months later.

“Everyone in this company is here because they belong here. There are no real rookies here.

“There are guys with more experience and some guys with less experience. Khamzat Chimaev is one of those guys who is willing to fight anyone in several weight classes, at short notice. He does wrestling matches.

“If it’s a fight, he’s in it and he wants to fight you. And that’s the reality. People can spin Khamzat however they want, and I do not blame them.”

And with these statements in mind, it is not surprising that Chimaev does not currently have an opponent.

Leon Edwards was linked – and even signed – to a fight that fell through due to various Covid accidents.

Neil Magny is another who has talked about a potential deal and exchanged Twitter mockery with Chimaev, although reports last week suggested that the American would face Max Griffin at UFC Columbus on March 26, 2022.

The most recent name mentioned is the name of former title challenger Gilbert Burns. Again, but there is nothing concrete to say about the “rookies” next fight.

But that fight will come eventually, and it will be another step towards the crown currently worn by the outstanding American wrestler Kamaru Usman.

And judging by the photos you can see above, Chimaev and training partner Reza Madadi leave no stone unturned – literally – in their quest for excellence.

“It’s very cold,” says UFC veterinarian Madadi in the short clip showing the couple running and shadow boxing in the Swedish wilderness on Christmas Day 2021. “It’s Russian cold,” he adds.

“Brother, nothing can stop us. It’s Christmas. We have a goal. You have to work hard for it.”

The entire video, which can be seen on Chimaev’s Youtube channel launched by the fighter last week, shows the couple driving into the woods to meet members of his team from Allstars Training Center where he is based in Sweden, with Chimaev describing Madadi as his coach.

After Chimaev said that the temperature is minus ten degrees, Madadi explains that the group is about to run three kilometers five times and stops at a series of “stations” to perform exercises along the way.

‘Borz’, who is currently training with Russian fighter Petr Yan in Thailand, ends the video by throwing snowballs at Professional Fighters League welterweight Sadibou Sy, who was part of the group, and Madadi while sitting in cars, as well as advising his fans to “crush someone”.

The film seems to be reminiscent of Rocky Balboa’s training montage in the film ‘Rocky V’ – except, and to borrow that analogy a little longer, this time it’s Ivan Drago who pushes himself to his limits in frosty conditions.

How would Rocky have fared in that matchup if their training roles were reversed?

We might just catch a glimpse next time Khamzat sets foot in the UFC Octagon.



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