Kamaru Usman Weighs Up Khamzat Chimaev Title Clash: ‘It’s Very Difficult For Me To Say No’

    ByRoss Markey

    Apr 19, 2022
    Kamaru Usman

    Reigning UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman has confirmed that he was impressed with the undefeated, Khamzat Chimaev’s unanimous decision win over common-foe, Gilbert Burns earlier this month at UFC 273 – and admits that a matchup with him in the not-so-distant future could be on the cards.

    Kamaru Usman, who is approaching a return to the Octagon following recent surgery to address a ligament injury in his right hand, is expected to feature at UFC 276 on July 2. during International Fight Week, in a title rematch with the #2 ranked, Leon Edwards. At the time of publication, the bout has yet to be confirmed yet, however. 

    In his most recent outing, Usman headlined UFC 268 back in November at Madison Square Garden – landing a second career win over former interim gold holder, Colby Covington over the course of five rounds in a unanimous decision win.

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    With the success, Auchi native, Usman landed his fifth successful defense of the welterweight crown, following a pair of wins over both Covington and Jorge Masvidal – in between a third round knockout win over the above noted, Burns in March of last year.

    Kamaru Usman admits he was impressed with Khamzat Chimaev’s UFC 273 victory

    Preparing for another rematch against Team Renagade BJJ & MMA staple, Edwards before the conclusion of this year, Usman commented on a potential title offing against Chimaev in the near future, admitting that he was impressed with his win against common-opposition, Burns.

    “He (Khamzat Chimaev) has gone out there, and he beat the number two guy (Gilbert Burns) in the division,” Kamaru Usman told TMZ during a recent interview. “He got the W, so it’s very difficult for me to say no, he doesn’t deserve anything. He’s gone up against Gilbert Burns and was able to go out there and do what he needed to do. I take nothing away from him. If that’s the fight then that’s the fight. If that’s not the fight then that’s not the fight. Right now, we’ve kind of got Leon Edwards sitting there.”

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    “This kid (Chimaev) has done a good job going out there and defeating the number two guy in the division, so if that’s the next fight after Edwards then that’s the next fight,” Kamaru Usman explained. “But Edwards is our focus right now.” (Transcribed by MMA Junkie)

    Chimaev’s UFC 273 victory against Burns comes as his fifth under the organization’s banner – off the back of prior successes over the quartet of Li Jingliang, Gerald Meerschaert, Rhys McKee, and John Philips.

    Chimaev has since welcomed a rematch with Burns over the course of five rounds, however, he is also being lined up for a matchup with the above mentioned former interim welterweight champion, Covington – with UFC president, Dana White confirming his interest in booking a fight between the two, atop an ABC broadcasted event.