Khamzat Chimaev has been expecting much publicity in the UFC for over a year now. And, to the credit of the Chechen-born Swedes, they live up to that urge whenever they step into the Octagon.
After a lengthy layoff from COVID-19, ‘Bourge’ reminded everyone of how dangerous he was in the welterweight division when he was clubbed at UFC 267 last month by Li Jingliang.
With that win he went 10-0 in his career with the last four victories coming in the UFC. Since then, Chimeev’s name has grown on potential conflicts with Nate Diaz and Gilbert Burns.
However, Conor McGregor has another name that head coach John Kavanagh thinks is a perfect test for Chimev.
He recently took to Twitter to propose a date between Chimev and one of his other students, Gunnar Nelson.
“It’s very interesting to see the rise of Uber talent and charisma [Khamzat Chimaev], ”Wrote SBG Ireland chief Honcho. “[UFC] Coming to London in March. As a fan I would love to see their quarrel [Gunnar Nelson]. Short flight to London for two ”
Kavanagh tagged UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby in his tweet.
Nelson was once highly sought after in the UFC’s welterweight division. He got an impressive 4-0 start at the Octagon (with three submissions) from 2012-2014.
However, the loss of the split decision to Rick Story has been inconsistent in the Icelander cage since the breakup. He suffocated Brandon Thatch in 2015, but then lost the decision to Demian Maya.
Following back-to-back subs on Albert Tumenov and Alan Jouban, Nelson was KO’d by Santiago Ponzinibbio at the Fight Night main event in 2017. He relapsed a year later with his submission to Alex Oliveira.
He then lost in back-to-back contests against Leon Edwards and Gilbert Burns. Since September 2019, they have not been seen in the octagon.
Chimeev has a history with SBG Ireland. The fighter claims he flew to Dublin in 2018 to defeat Conor McGregor. Chimev claims that he went to violence because of the bitter feud between McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. However, Chimeev said he was arrested by police before he found ‘Notorious’.