Rising UFC welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev doesn’t think Kamaru Usman would fare well in a fight with boxing champ Canelo Álvarez.
Chimaev is set to face Gilbert Burns at UFC 273, in arguably the toughest test of his UFC tenure. He picked up 10 straight wins to start his MMA career, including most recently in a choke out of Li Jingliang at UFC 267.
Usman is the UFC’s best pound-for-pound fighter in the world and is coming off an electric 2021. Looking ahead to his last fight at UFC 268, he hinted at a potential crossover against Alvarez soon.
Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz recently said that Usman can knock out Alvarez in three boxing rounds. This sparked various reactions around combat sports, especially from Chimaev.
In a recent tweetChimaev mocked the UFC welterweight champion with a retweeted video of Usman sniffing punches.
“[He is] good boxer,” Chimaev said sarcastically.
Usman’s striking has arguably improved dramatically over his last fights, especially in the knockouts of Burns and Jorge Masvidal. Still, it looks like Chimaev isn’t impressed to the point that he thinks Usman would have a chance against Alvarez.
UFC President Dana White recently announced that Chimaev vs. Burns “makes sense” as a No. 1 contender fight. If that’s the case and Chimaev can defeat Burns, he could get a matchup with Usman as soon as possible.
As for Usman/Alvarez, White has made it clear that he is not interested in helping organize this super fight.
How do you think a Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kamaru Usman fight would go?