Coach Reveals What He Roared At Khamzat Chimaev During UFC 273 Corner Exchange

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 11, 2022
    Khamzat Chimaev

    Andreas Michael, the head coach of undefeated UFC welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev has revealed what exactly he was bellowing to his student in between rounds during his high-octane UFC 273 clash with Gilbert Burns on Saturday night.

    Emerging with a hard-fought unanimous decision victory over Niteroi veteran, Burns, Khamzat Chimaev improved his undefeated record to 11-0 at the event – forced the distance for the first time in his short professional career

    However, in between rounds during his battle with Burns, Chimaev was the subject of an ear-bashing by his head coach, AllStars MMA trainer, Michael – with audiences, fans, and event UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan exclaiming their disbelief and surprise due to Michael’s tone and anger displayed at his student.

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    Andreas Michael has insisted that his main goal was for Khamzat Chimaev to land another win

    In the fallout of Chimaev’s unanimous judging victory, Michael has actually explained why he took such a stern and aggressive tone with the former – explaining how he was attempting to sway Khamzat Chimaev from engaging in drawn-out brawls and exchanges with Burns, who was landing massive counter punches.

    “People ask me what I told Khamza (Khamzat Chimaev) (at) end of round two, this is what I told him, ‘Stop brawling, stop having a street fight, use your straight punches and keep it easy, this is an easy fight if you don’t brawl, all you have to do is keep him (Gilbert Burns) on your jab and have patience,’” Andreas Michael posted on his Facebook page. “‘Don’t make it harder than it has to be.’”

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    “‘No wrestling, nothing else was needed, just fast jab and sometimes a straight right keeping your distance, reach so as to not get with the hooks,’” Andreas Michael continued. “That’s what I demanded from him. I told him to stop giving everyone a show and pleasing them just keep it boring and simple. To not force anything just be fast and light on he’s (sic) feet. This was the game plan all along. Easier than wrestling and easier than grappling. In flashes, we saw that. Gilbert, with all respect, is a tough, gritty, brave warrior. All love and respect to him.”

    “These guys give a show to the public,” Andreas Michael said. “But as a coach, I don’t care about the public. I care about the easier way to the WIN and the minimum damage. That’s my number one job to protect the fighter.” 

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    With Saturday’s victory in Jacksonville, Florida – Chimaev is expected to crack the welterweight top-3 come the release of the official rankings later this week – adding Burns to UFC victories over Li Jingliang, Gerald Meerschaert, Rhys McKee, and John Philips.