Khamzat Chimaev has gained global recognition in just two weeks in the UFC. Chimaev has requested a quick turnaround twice. He won his first fight in the UFC two weeks ago and won. He demanded a fight ASAP and the UFC granted his request this past weekend when he won via submission.
Now, Chimaev wants to fight again as soon as possible. According to UFC president Dana White, he will get the opportunity.
In an interview with ESPN, Dana White was asked who impressed him the most at Fight Island.
“Khamzat,” White said. “I mean, you know? The guy is so dominant, so confident, wants to continue to fight every weekend. I love it. I love guys with that mentality. I love how talented this guy is. We threw the hottest prospect out of the U.K. at him and that kid is a badass. That kid is a legit great fighter. (Chimaev) made it look like he didn’t belong there. … The kid is legit. He’s real and he knows it and I love it.”
According to Dana, Chimaev has asked him to return to the octagon in August.
“He said he wanted to fight and I said, ‘Done. I’ll make it happen,’” White said. “He wants to fight now again in August. I’m going to get him what he wants.”
“That’s what we’re trying to figure out,” White said. “We were sitting in here this morning trying to figure out what we think is next. If you ask this kid, he’s ready to fight Usman. You know what I mean? Is he ready for Usman? The way he looks, who knows? Maybe.”
Who will be next for the up-and-coming star?