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Khamzat Chimaev on fight with”Cowboy” Cerrone: “Easy fight, easy win”

"He has a good name, but..."

Though there were many impressive performances that stemmed from UFC’s Fight Island, but the MMA community seems to have fallen in love with the Sweden-based Chechen Khamzat Chimaev. In the span of just ten days, Chimaev recorded two straight finishes in his two first bouts in the UFC – Setting a record for the modern era of the promotion.

With call outs of all kinds, many are wondering who Chimaev will face next. The undefeated prospect has called out the likes of Demian Maia, Mike Perry and Nate Diaz, though so far to no avail.

In a recent interview with Chael Sonnen, veteran Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone was brought up as a potential opponent. While Chimaev recognises “Cowboy’s” impressive legacy, he doesn’t see a bout with the veteran as particularly challenging.

“I don’t know (if I have an opponent yet). I train every day. No, nothing (about Cerrone).”

“I would be happy if they give me him,” Khamzat Chimaev said of “Cowboy” Cerrone. “He has a good name, but for me it’s an easy fight, easy win. I think first or second round, I would finish him.”


So far no fighter has been able present a proper challenge for the undefeated Chimaev. He has finished all of his opponents in the first or second round. Chimaev was on his way towards a title shot in Brave Combat Federation before signing with the UFC. In his two first bouts in the world’s biggest MMA promotion he has so far dispatched of both John Phillips and Rhys McKee with ease, absorbing only two strikes. Based on what as been seen so far, it seems unlikely that many would be willing to sign for a fight with Chimaev.

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With roots in muay thai and as an avid combat sports fan, Sebastian Vendel-Martinez grew up while the MMA scene was blossoming in Sweden. He became part of the MMAnytt team in 2012 and has gone on to become one of the most prominent MMA reporters in Scandinavia. Currently he continues to work as a writer, reporter, video producer/editor and head editor for