Is the third time the charm? Will the fight finally happen? Hopefully, both fighters will be in their top shape and have recovered from COVID. Khamzat is UFC’s star in the making and is getting a fast-track to the title.
Although his performance was great for 2020, it will still be his toughest test when he faces Leon Edwards inside the Octagon. He broke the record for the quickest turnaround between UFC wins in the modern era which was 10 days and two different divisions. So there is no denying that he is special. There is a reason Dana White took a liking to Chimaev.
Chimaev looked dominant in all of his UFC fights and showed no weaknesses but the question is can he still dominate the top 5 ranked contenders.
Chimaev has also competed in the Middleweight division and knocked out a much bigger guy with the first punch that landed so he has knockout power. He also has high-level grappling which was showcased in his UFC debut where he finished John Phillips via D’arce Choke.
The fight already has an opening odds, where Chimaev is coming in as the favorite which is insane considering Edwards has been in the game for so long and is number 4 ranked. Edwards is on an 8-fight win streak where he has wins over legit fighters like Dos Anjos and Gunnar Nelson. Meanwhile, Chimaev only has 3 UFC career fights and are not top contenders.
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Some fans even think that the UFC is pushing Chimaev too fast and needs a few more fights before tackling the top 5 rankings. Even Jon Jones the most talented UFC fighter had more fights before tackling a top 5.
UFC Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman also had given Edwards credit and deserves a title shot as well. He thinks that Edwards was the toughest fighter in the division, mainly because he never gave up in their fight despite getting dominated all rounds. From his perspective, Edwards was just unbreakable.
Either way, Chimaev being the favorite shows that he has a huge following and that the hype train is coming. Will he prove on a coming night that he is indeed worthy in coming as the favorite or is it all hype and that Edwards is just the better fighter. The fight will be fireworks as they will be the main event.