Khamzat Chimaev was born in Chechnya, came to Sweden in 2011 and has, among other things, become Swedish champion in wrestling.
Two years ago, he made his debut as an MMA pro and has since lined up six straight victories - all via finish. Three on knockout and three on submission.
The clubmate at Allstars in Stockholm, Alexander Gustafsson, has called him Sweden's top MMA talent and compares Chimaev with UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov."He is a Khabib 2.0"
- He's a Khabib 2.0. Every day of the week. His wrestling is absolutely incredible. And not only that, he hits hard, has incredibly nice combinations, good boxing, good kicks. He has become complete, says "The Mauler" to the site MMAnytt.
Tonight's UFC debut will take place in middleweight (84 kilos) which is a weight class up for Chimaev who usually competes in welterweight (77 kilos).
He will then face the experienced Welshman John Phillips, 35 years old, who has played 32 professional matches and won 22 of them, of which 20 by knockout."Will finish him"
In his most recent UFC match, Phillips won by knockout after just 17 seconds - but Chimaev is victorious.
- I've seen a clip with him. It will be a regular match. I will tire him out, I will finish him, I will slaughter him, the Swede tells Aftonbladet.
The first gala on the UFC's famous "Fight Island" - in fact the island of Yas on the east coast of Abu Dhabi - was held over the weekend, but Khamzat Chimaev will be the first Swede to compete on the island.
This weekend, Jack "The Joker" Hermansson will also have a big match on the island, and the night before Sunday, July 26, Alexander "The Mauler" Gustafsson will make a comeback.
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