Khamzat Chimaev has had just about the best few months that an MMA fighter could ask for. He started out by being given his UFC Middleweight debut on July 15th and impressed everyone with a second round submission victory after outstriking John Phillips 124 to 2. It only took ten days for him to make the walk to the octagon again and this time he did so a whole weight class lower, at Welterweight against Rhys Mckee. He went one further this time and finished his opponent in the first round, landing 68 strikes without even being hit once.
This pair of incredible performances drew the attention of fans around the world who are already hailing Khamzat Chimaev as a future champion. It seems like his stunning victories have not gone unnoticed back at home either as he’s just received his BJJ blue belt from his coach at Allstars MMA in Sweden, Alan “Finfou” Nascimento. Nascimento is a well-respected Checkmat representative who has won IBJJF World Championships both in colored belts and in the Masters division at black belt. Along the way, Nascimento has beaten some big names like Pedro Bessa, Victor Estima, Richie “Boogieman” Martinez, and one of the most controversial men in Jiu-Jitsu, AJ Agazarm.
Chimaev has a wealth of grappling experience, having competed in Wrestling since the age of 5 and representing his home of Chechnya before moving to Sweden and winning a national championship there. As such, if anyone happens to enter a local blue belt tournament and sees him standing across from you, you might want to pull guard.
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Chechnya is not a country! It is a part of Russia.