Paddy Pimblett: Everyone Knows I’m More Popular Than Khamzat Chimaev

Paddy Pimblett believes he’s a bigger star than Khamzat Chimaev, even after just one fight in the UFC.

Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight champ, made his promotional debut in September, earning a stunning KO victory over Luigi Vendramin…

Paddy Pimblett, Khamzat Chimaev

Paddy Pimblett believes he’s a bigger star than Khamzat Chimaev, even after just one fight in the UFC.

Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight champ, made his promotional debut in September, earning a stunning KO victory over Luigi Vendramini at UFC Vegas 36. Post-fight, the 26-year-old Englishman branded himself the UFC’s new “cash cow,” and since then has had much of the MMA world singing his praises.

Conor McGregor has declared that he’s “very excited” to see what Paddy can do in the UFC while Michael Bisping believes the Liverpudlian has the confidence and mindset to become lightweight champ. Paddy has even inked a seven-figure deal to serve as a brand ambassador for Barstool Sports

While “Paddymania” is set to hit fever pitch, one man who can rival Pimblett’s surging popularity is Khamzat Chimaev. The Chechen-born Swede burst onto the scene in 2020, becoming the fastest to ever record three UFC consecutive victories. 

And since his return to the Octagon after suffering a near-death bout with COVID-19, Chimaev’s star is shining even brighter. The spectacular fashion with which the 27-year-old dispatched of Li Jingliang at UFC 267 has many believing he could be fighting for the welterweight title very soon.

Paddy Pimblett
Paddy Pimblett (Photo: UFC)

Pimblett Claims He’s A Bigger Star Than Khamzat Chimaev

Pimblett, who recently declared that he won’t fight a top-10 opponent without a six-figure contract, is not one to be outshone by another fighter, however. Speaking to Uncaged MMA, “Paddy the Baddy” categorically asserted that he is a far bigger star than Chimaev.

“That’s a sh*t question, lad,” Pimblett said (h/t LowKick MMA). “Everyone knows it’s me. I’ve had one fight, and everyone’s talking about me. He’s [Khamzat Chimaev] had f*cking what, four, five? It’s not the same, lad.“

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Paddy Pimblett Believes He’s A Bigger Star Than Khamzat Chimaev: ‘Everyone’s Talking About Me’

Paddy PimblettUFC lightweight, Paddy Pimblett has claimed that despite competing just once under the promotion’s banner — he’s already a bigger star than the surging, undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev — who has landed inside the Octagon three more times than him. Huyton native, Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, made his long-anticipated UFC bow […]

Paddy Pimblett

UFC lightweight, Paddy Pimblett has claimed that despite competing just once under the promotion’s banner — he’s already a bigger star than the surging, undefeated welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev — who has landed inside the Octagon three more times than him.

Huyton native, Pimblett, a former Cage Warriors featherweight champion, made his long-anticipated UFC bow back in September at UFC Vegas 36 to open the main card — stopping Luigi Vendramini with a late opening round knockout, rallying from some early-round adversity.

Off the back of the victory, Pimblett penned a lucrative deal to serve as a brand ambassador and content creator for the Dave Portnoy-founded media platform, Barstool Sports — and is expected to make his second UFC walk in March as he targets an Octagon return. 

For Chimaev, the AllStars MMA staple currently occupies the #10 rank in the official welterweight pile — scoring four straight finishes in four Octagon walks since his organizational debut just last year in July on ‘Fight Island’

Debuting in Abu Dhabi, UAE — Chimaev, a former Brave CF contender stopped John Philips with a dominant D’Arce choke win before grounding out Rhys McKee just 10-days later in then record-setting fashion with a multitude of opening round ground strikes.

In September, Chimaev made his North American bow for the organization — stopping slick submission threat, Gerald Meerschaert with a one-punch, 17-second knockout win at UFC Vegas 11 last year. 

Featuring on the main card of UFC 267 back in October — Chimaev’s ‘Fight Island’ fortunes continued to grow with a spectacular opening round display against Li Jingliang, which culminated with a rear-naked choke stoppage.

Paddy Pimblett believes he is already a bigger star in the UFC than Khamzat Chimaev

However, despite Chimaev’s activity output as well as the fact he’s already entered the welterweight top-10 inside four fights with the organization, Pimblett told Uncaged MMA recently that he was undeniably the bigger star out of the two.

That’s a sh*t question, lad,” Paddy Pimblett said. “Everyone knows it’s me. I’ve had one fight, and everyone’s talking about me. He’s [Khamzat Chimaev] had f*cking what, four, five? It’s not the same, lad.

Colby Covington: ‘The Door Is Open’ For A Fight With Khamzat Chimaev

Colby CovingtonColby Covington is open to taking a fight against Khamzat Chimaev. ‘Chaos’ is fresh off a unanimous decision defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 but he is already plotting his way back to a title shot and is willing to fight whoever the matchmakers put in front of him. During a recent interview with […]

Colby Covington

Colby Covington is open to taking a fight against Khamzat Chimaev.

‘Chaos’ is fresh off a unanimous decision defeat to Kamaru Usman at UFC 268 but he is already plotting his way back to a title shot and is willing to fight whoever the matchmakers put in front of him.

During a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Covington labeled the undefeated prospect a “joke” who is being rushed through the ranks. Nonetheless, the former interim welterweight champion is open to facing Chimaev if that’s what the UFC wants.

“He’s a joke. He needs to beat someone worthy — someone in the top 5, someone in the top of the rankings, not just fight hand-picked people.” Covington said of Chimaev. “What does he have, four UFC fights? The media loves to rush these kids and these hype jobs. This is fighting, man. People can get seriously hurt from rushing people like that.

“But if you guys want to rush a guy, take some time off of his life and send him for a hospital treatment, then, yeah, the door is open for that. I love doing good business and I love doing business with the UFC. It would be an honor to beat who they want me to beat, and if that’s the name they put in front of me, I can promise you that I’m gonna train extremely hard and I’m gonna show a new skill set the world hasn’t seen yet.

“You kind of see that from me every fight, I get better every fight. I add new layers to my game, so whoever they try and match me up with next, you’re gonna see those new layers and someone is gonna get seriously hurt.”

Colby Covington Takes Aim At ‘Paticipation Trophy Winner’ Khamzat Chimaev

“I think what we’ve learned with, not only in sports, not only in the UFC, but with this world and the way it’s changed these days, this is the handout generation,” Covington said. “And it’s the participation trophy generation. This guy is nothing more than a participation trophy winner, a handout winner, and if that’s what they want to do, that’s what it is.

“I don’t really look into what other people are doing, or what they’re being awarded. I know my path. I know my journey. I know what it took to get here. I took the long road. I didn’t cut any corners, I didn’t cheat. I’ve never cheated in the octagon or outside of the octagon, and I took the hard road to get here. I feel like that’s the true American way. Nothing is given to us here and adversity is filled every single day. We have to overcome these obstacles if we want to make it to the path of success.

“I only stay in my lane and focus on my lane, not anyone else’s lane, just my lane. Big f*cking deal, he got a handout and a participation trophy. But in the long run no one will remember that. They’re just gonna remember what would happen inside that octagon.”

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Colby Covington: It Would Be An “Honor” To Face & Beat “Joke” Chimaev

UFC welterweight Colby Covington says “the door is open” for a meeting in the Octagon with surging contender Khamzat Chimaev.

Covington is coming off his second failed attempt at dethroning 170-pound kingpin Kamaru Usman. Having previously suffered…

Khamzat Chimaev, Colby Covington

UFC welterweight Colby Covington says “the door is open” for a meeting in the Octagon with surging contender Khamzat Chimaev.

Covington is coming off his second failed attempt at dethroning 170-pound kingpin Kamaru Usman. Having previously suffered a final-round TKO at UFC 245 in 2019, “Chaos” was given another shot at gold at UFC 268 earlier this month.

Despite taking the fight to the scorecards, the former interim champion once again fell short of ascending the welterweight mountaintop. A late surge inside Madison Square Garden wasn’t enough for Covington to outpoint Usman, who left the Octagon with his fifth successful title defense in the books.

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Covington has now turned his attention to his next outing and his path to a trilogy clash with “The Nigerian Nightmare.” Despite repeatedly calling out rival and former teammate Jorge Masvidal, the 33-year-old has also taken notice of another contender, Chechen-born brute Chimaev.

“Borz” recently returned to action for the first time in over a year at UFC 267, destroying ranked welterweight Li Jingliang inside the opening round. Having decimated four opponents in the UFC, and barely been hit in the process, many expect Chimaev to be fast-tracked to the top.

But Covington isn’t buying the hype. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck, the #1-ranked 170lber described Chimaev as a “joke,” and accused the media of building the Swede up more than they should. Covington also claimed he’s more than happy to send Chimaev to hospital with a beating inside the cage.

“He’s a joke. He needs to beat someone worthy — someone in the top 5, someone in the top of the rankings, not just fight hand-picked people… What does he have, four UFC fights? The media loves to rush these kids and these hype jobs. This is fighting, man. People can get seriously hurt from rushing people like that.

“But if you guys want to rush a guy, take some time off of his life and send him for a hospital treatment, then, yeah, the door is open for that. I love doing good business and I love doing business with the UFC. It would be an honor to beat who they want me to beat, and if that’s the name they put in front of me, I can promise you that I’m gonna train extremely hard and I’m gonna show a new skill set the world hasn’t seen yet. You kind of see that from me every fight, I get better every fight. I add new layers to my game, so whoever they try and match me up with next, you’re gonna see those new layers and someone is gonna get seriously hurt.” (h/t MMA Fighting)

Covington: Chimaev Comes From The “Handout Generation”

After victories over John Phillips, Rhys McKee, and Gerald Meerschaert in 2020, Chimaev was matched up with top contender Leon Edwards. After that matchup fell through three times, the 27-year-old found himself on the sidelines battling COVID-19, an experience that even made him consider retirement.

Having returned in style on Fight Island and, in doing so, jumped straight into the welterweight top 10, the general consensus is that “Borz” is just one or two victories away from a title shot. Showing his disdain for his peer’s fast rise, Colby Covington suggested Chimaev is part of the “handout generation,” something he believes he’ll prove if the pair enter the Octagon together.

“I think what we’ve learned with, not only in sports, not only in the UFC, but with this world and the way it’s changed these days, this is the handout generation,” Covington said. “And it’s the participation trophy generation. This guy is nothing more than a participation trophy winner, a handout winner, and if that’s what they want to do, that’s what it is.

“I only stay in my lane and focus on my lane, not anyone else’s lane, just my lane. Big fucking deal, he got a handout and a participation trophy. But in the long run no one will remember that. They’re just gonna remember what would happen inside that octagon.”

Whilst Chimaev is reportedly set to face former title challenger Gilbert Burns in January, a clash with Covington could be on the cards should a matchup with “Durinho” fall through.

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John Kavanagh Suggests Khamzat Chimaev Should Fight Gunnar Nelson

John KavanaghJohn Kavanagh, the coach of Gunnar Nelson suggests that Khamzat Chimaev should fight his pupil at the UFC London card. Kavanagh noted that it would be a short flight for both of the fighters as well. With how good Chimaev has looked in his short time with the UFC, it may be a short fight […]

John Kavanagh

John Kavanagh, the coach of Gunnar Nelson suggests that Khamzat Chimaev should fight his pupil at the UFC London card.

Kavanagh noted that it would be a short flight for both of the fighters as well. With how good Chimaev has looked in his short time with the UFC, it may be a short fight as well. Chimaev tends to finish all of his opponents in just a few minutes and in some cases, shorter than that. Kavanagh took to Twitter to possibly sell the fight to both fighters.

“its been very interesting watching the rise of the uber talented and charismatic @KChimaev . @ufc is coming to London in March. as a fan i’d love to see him fight @GunniNelson . short flight to london for both of them….what you guys think? @seanshelby @HalliNelson”

John Kavanagh’s matchup between Nelson and Chimaev may be a tough sell

Nelson is a very talented fighter, but hasn’t fought in over two years. That’s what makes this a tough sell for Chimaev, who has decimated his opposition and recently mauled a top 15 contender in the welterweight division. Throwing Nelson to ‘The Wolf’ for his first fight back seems unfair to him as well. Chimaev is not only one of the most popular fighters in the UFC, but he is also one of the scariest in the entire promotion.

Khamzat Chimaev has his sights on a top five contender and the name that keeps popping up is Gilbert Burns. Burns would be a big step up in Chimaev’s career and would be a true test of his abilities. Burns fought for the welterweight title against Kamaru Usman back in Feb. of this year. If Chimaev is able to capture a win against Burns, that could put him up next for a title shot after Leon Edwards.

Do you think a match between Khamzat Chimaev and Gunnar Nelson makes sense?

Darren Till Accepts Khamzat Chimaev’s Proposal To Train Together

Darren Till is impressed with Khamzat Chimaev and has accepted Borz’s offer to train together.

Over the past couple of months, Till and Chimaev have joked around with one another. They did an Instagram Live where they joke they would fight one anot…

Khamzat Chimaev, Darren Till

Darren Till is impressed with Khamzat Chimaev and has accepted Borz’s offer to train together.

Over the past couple of months, Till and Chimaev have joked around with one another. They did an Instagram Live where they joke they would fight one another and both of them said they’d smash the other. Chimaev also offered to train Till, and after seeing the Swede’s win over Li Jingliang, Till was convinced.

Not only does Till think Chimaev is the real deal, he also thinks the Swede should fight Gilbert Burns next.

“Khamzat is the real deal. He’s very good. Is he as good as he thinks or as people say? I don’t know. Is he going to be a world-beater? I don’t know,” Till said on Michael Bisping’s podcast (via Sportskeeda). “Like I would actually want to get out there and do some training with him or him come to me. I think he’s a legitimate contender. But Gilbert Burns is a monster. That’s a good fight. That’s a very good fight.”

Darren Till
Darren Till

Although some have been critical of Chimaev’s quality of opponents as he has only fought one ranked opponent. However, for Darren Till, he says that is not Khamzat Chimaev’s fault, as not many ranked welterweights want to fight him.

“This is what I hate a lot of people for saying, ‘Oh, well, he only fought this guy, this guy.’ What do you want us to do? Do you want us to put Khamzat straight in with the top guys? People have to grow and people have to learn. That’s just the way it is,” Till said.

Darren Till is coming off a submission loss to Derek Brunson back in September. It was his second loss in a row after dropping a decision to Robert Whittaker back in July of 2020 in a highly-anticipated bout.

Chimaev’s offer to train Till was made in an effort to help Till improve his wrestling skills. Chimaev’s wrestling ability was on display over the weekend in a match against Jack Hermansson in which Chimaev was victorious.

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