Khamzat Chimaev took center stage this weekend with his first major test against Gilbert Burns. If Borz won the decision, he also showed some unexpected limits after his debut. But obviously he would have been disturbed in his preparation by the Brazilian’s children.
Since arriving in the UFC, Khamzat Chimaev has enjoyed the role of the bad boy, the cold-blooded killer who fears nothing and no one in the octagon. And while he’s opening up more and more thanks to his documented friendship with Darren Till, his goal doesn’t change, he wants to crush all the best fighters in his category, reclaim Kamaru Usman’s belt before moving up to middleweight.
This Saturday he also took a big step towards that first step on the road to stardom as he defeated Brazilian Gilbert Burns after a war that could take him enormously forward. He’s shown he’s human by taking real punches, even bleeding, he’s shown he can improve by making obvious tactical mistakes, and yet he’s won and is one step away from the title shot removed.
Khamzat is disturbed by Gilbert Burns’ children
And also the other big lesson of this UFC 273 is that Khamzat Chimaev has a heart. In fact, behind the scenes, he realized that the men who rode the octagon with him weren’t just fighters, they were also sons, fathers, husbands. He was also particularly disturbed when he saw Gilbert Burns’ children. He talked about his success.
To be honest, it was a bit difficult to fight Gilbert Burns because I saw his kids. They came to me and said: “Hi, you are the one who will fight our father”. I said to myself, “Damn, I don’t need this”. I don’t want to fight fathers of families, I want to fight murderers like me. I ended up going to Gilbert to apologize for the beating.
Khamzat Chimaev is an octagon scare, but a scare who discovers that not everyone lives the same life he does, which is only focused on training and combat. Others have children, travel with them, and he will meet others. And if he keeps winning all of his duels he’ll probably bring tears to a lot of people, that’s the less fun part of the job.
Rest assured, his next opponent is likely to be Colby Covington, who is yet to have a wife or children. The two will be able to get involved in a huge rivalry, with spicy statements in all directions and provocations. A chance for him to become a real superstar and be the new face of the UFC.
Khamzat Chimaev is a freak, but he struggles to remain unmoved to prove it to his opponents’ children, he allowed himself to be disturbed by the words of Gilbert Burns. Let’s hope for him that he can learn from this unexpected encounter.