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Khamzat Chimaev zeros in on Kamaru Usman, says UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi focused: ‘I am gonna battle this man’

Khamzat Chimaev has relocated to Dubai with his team where he’s practicing patience. “UFC told us we’re gonna fight in Abu Dhabi,” Chimaev said in a video posted to his YouTube channel on Tuesday, “so that’s what I’m waiting for.” Chimaev has been raring to get back in the octagon since his last fight, a

Khamzat Chimaev zeros in on Kamaru Usman, says UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi focused: ‘I am gonna battle this man’

Khamzat Chimaev has relocated to Dubai together with his crew the place he’s working towards endurance.

“UFC instructed us we’re gonna battle in Abu Dhabi,” Chimaev mentioned in a video posted to his YouTube channel on Tuesday, “in order that’s what I’m ready for.”

Chimaev has been raring to get again within the octagon since his final battle, a first-round submission win over Kevin Holland. That was again in September of final 12 months at UFC 279, and it got here collectively after the weigh-ins following Chimaev’s massive miss on the scale for his initially scheduled welterweight headliner with Nate Diaz.

Ever since then, Chimaev’s future has remained in query, with UFC president Dana White stating that he needs the rising UFC star to maneuver as much as middleweight. Chimaev has referred to as out a slew of potential opponents, together with former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, present UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, and No. 1 welterweight contender Colby Covington.

Backside line: Chimaev (12-0 MMA, 6-0 UFC) is now residing in Dubai after spending time in Sweden and Thailand. He’s “simply ready for the opponent and for the contract” to battle at UFC 294 on October 21 in close by Abu Dhabi. And it sounds like he expects to satisfy Usman, a matchup White has mentioned the UFC would be willing to book if it took place at 185 pounds.

“Usman needs to battle. I make his final battle. He needs cash. He is aware of the place is the cash, you realize? Everybody is aware of the cash,” Chimaev mentioned. “I’m gonna battle this man, Abu Dhabi, smash his face, end him, then they’ve to provide me that title shot. There’s not cash fights anymore. It’s solely me.”

After successful his first six UFC fights, Chimaev is speaking the speak and needs to stroll the stroll by securing a title shot he believes he’s already earned. To him, the division is irrelevant.

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“I wish to battle for the title. So, for me, it doesn’t matter which weight class,” Chimaev mentioned. “… Give me simply title shot. I’m prepared for each (divisions). I’m prepared for Usman, I’m prepared for Leon, I’m prepared for Israel, doesn’t matter. I’m prepared for everyone.”

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