Up-and-coming UFC star Khamzat Chimaev says Brazilian jiu-jitsu icon Demian Maia has turned down a fight but sees a competition with fan favorite Jorge Masvidal as “possible”.
UFC boss Dana White confirmed on Fight Island this week that Chimaev – who claimed a third UFC win in 66 days last weekend – would later be in a five-round contest against a senior opponent in Las Vegas for the settlement of the The main event is scheduled for the year.
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The 26-year-old Chimaev has expressed his desire to face the legendary grappling legend and current welterweight Maia (42), but has told the Russian agency TASS that the Brazilian has declined the opportunity.
“They told us that [Maia] refused the fight, “said Chimaev.
The Swedish star set the UFC on fire with a record of three wins, including two in ten days at Fight Island in July.
On his last appearance at UFC Vegas 11 on September 19, it took Chimaev just 17 seconds to end American veteran Gerald Meerschaert with a brutal one-punch knockout and win the middleweight division.
Chimaev – known as “Borz” or “The Wolf” – also told TASS that he would like to meet fan favorite and youngest welterweight challenger, Jorge Masvidal.
“Masvidal wants to fight [Nate] Diaz. If [a bout] if it doesn’t work with Diaz, our fight is possible, “it says in Chimaev.
Chimaev is 9-0 in professional MMA and trains at the Allstars gym in Stockholm, where Alexander Gustaffson lives.
After Chimaev’s 17-second destruction of Meerschaert, UFC chief Dana White said the Chechnya-born star was “like nothing I’ve ever seen before.”
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