Khamzat Chimaev Envisions Easy UFC Title Win Against Israel Adesanya: ‘I’ll Take His Head Off’

    ByRoss Markey

    Mar 24, 2022
    Khamzat Chimaev

    Despite continuing his welterweight run in just over two weeks’ time against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, Khamzat Chimaev maintains his easiest route to achieving his UFC title aspirations come a division higher at middleweight against current kingpin, Israel Adesanya.

    Chimaev, undefeated in his professional career, extended his professional record to 10-0 back in October at UFC 267 – stopping Li Jingliang with a hugely one-sided opening round rear-naked choke victory.

    The Chechen-born contender is now set to feature on the main card of UFC 273 in Jacksonville, Florida next month – tackling one-time welterweight title challenger, Burns in a pivotal, potential title-eliminator.

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    The former Brave CF contender briefly competed at the middleweight limit in his four fight Octagon tenure – stopping John Philips with a dominant D’Arce choke victory in his July 2020 promotional debut.

    Recently outlining his intentions to land at least two titles under the banner of UFC, Chimaev, who may earn a welterweight title tilt against champion, Kamaru Usman with a victory over Burns, maintains the above-mentioned, Adesanya is a much easier opponent for him in the long run.

    “Izzy (Israel Adesanya), I think it will be more easy for me to smash that guy (than Kamaru Usman),” Khamzat Chimaev said on The MMA Hour. “He (Israel Adesanya) has zero wrestling. The guy he fought last time (Robert Whittaker), he’s not a wrestler – he took his back. If I take his back, brother, I’ll squeeze his head off. I’ll take his head off. Easy money for me.”

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    Prior to his victory over Jingliang last October, Chimaev also stopped the duo of Gerald Meerschaert, and Rhys McKee in rather one-sided fashion to boot.

    For Adesanya, the City Kickboxing staple turned in his fourth successful defense of the middleweight title last month in the main event of UFC 271 – landing a second career win over the aforenoted, Whittaker. And Adesanya is now expected to return at either UFC 276 or UFC 277 in July in a title showdown against the #2 ranked, Jared Cannonier.