Khamzat Chimaev is on an unbelievable pace since entering the UFC. With his sights set on two different championship belts and no indicator of slowing down. Look the man has more win bonuses than times he’s been hit in the octagon. So who are potential opponents for him to “smesh” in his meteoric climb to UFC gold?
So this has to be broken down to 170lb and 185lb opponents as Khamzat has shown he is extremely capable in both weight classes.
|170lb Welterweight||185lb Middleweight|
|12) Geoff Neal||14) Marvin Vettori|
|11) Neil Magny||13) Omari Akhmedov|
|10) Vicente Luque||11) Edmen Shahbazyan|
|8) Michael Chiesa||UR) Kevin Holland|
|7) Tyron Woodley|
|6) Demian Maia|
So the outlook at 170lb for Khamzat Chimaev looks more promising. As he is already matched with Maia. A win there catapults him just outside the top five. Another first-round finish and he is in possible title contention or in a title eliminator fight just after the first of next year. The middleweight rankings get a little hairy. Yes the KO of Gerald was impressive but 185lb is a shark tank on of the most stocked weight classes in the UFC outside of 155lbs.