UFC prospect Khamzat Chimaev has stated that it will be easier for him to defeat the UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya than UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. In one of his latest interviews, Khamzat Chimaev has stated that he feels that Kamaru Usman would be a hard fight for him if compared to Israel Adesanya. Khamzat Chimaev feels that Kamaru Usman will be the tougher matchup considering his wrestling skills and striking mixture. Whereas Israel Adesanya is just known for his striking and has lost a fight against Jan Blachowicz who used his wrestling to defeat Israel. Soo based on this Khamzat feels it will be easy to defeat Israel as Khamzat is an elite wrestler.
“Izzy, I think it will be easier for me to smash that guy [than Kamaru Usman],” Khamzat Chimaev said Wednesday on a dual appearance with Darren Till on The MMA Hour. “He has zero wrestling. The guy he fought last time, 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.”
“He’s said, ‘Maybe we’re going to wrestle, maybe we’re going to grapple, maybe we’re going to come in with strikes.’ He doesn’t know what I’m going to do,” Chimaev said of Burns. “He’s stressed. Now he has big drama in his head [that] he thinks about. When you listen to him, you understand — the guy is done. He said, ‘I have two secret Russian wrestlers.’
“How you f****** learn wrestling in two months, two or three months? Never. In his dreams, he can’t take me down. He knows that. The guys that have been in my gym — like some guys that [also] train there with him, they’ve been in my gym — I don’t know what they told him, but I beat them all and he knows about that. He’s scared.”
“I think I have to fight for the title,” Khamzat Chimaev said. “Who is the next guy out there? Ten fights, 10 finishes. After [the Burns fight], 11 fights, 11 finishes. And what are they going to say? The guy is No. 2 in the rankings. Now they talk about, ‘Oh, you didn’t fight somebody in the rankings.’ Now, if I beat this guy — No. 2 — what are you going to say?”
“I feel [like] I could kill everybody, brother,” Chimaev said. “I am the greatest of all-time, brother. I am the best.”