Chael Sonnen reveals intriguing shift in Khamzat Chimaev's attitude during interview with Kamaru Usman, hinting at an exciting fight scenario.

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Chael Sonnen reveals intriguing shift in Khamzat Chimaev’s attitude during interview with Kamaru Usman, hinting at an exciting fight scenario.

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Khamzat Chimaev is gearing up for a showdown with Kamaru Usman at UFC 294 this weekend, stepping in as an injury replacement for Paulo Costa. Prior to the fight, both fighters joined Chael Sonnen for an interview. Sonnen noticed a significant shift in Chimaev’s demeanor during the conversation, stating, “Chimaev was great initially, but when Kamaru joined in, he transformed. It was like flipping a switch.”

Chimaev’s ambitions also came to light during the interview. When asked about his weight class, he remained cryptic, not ruling out the possibility of chasing a double championship. Chimaev calmly asserted, “Chael, brother, I am going to be a champion.”

Sonnen further shared that Chimaev believes he can finish Kamaru Usman, but Sonnen doubts that ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ can be submitted. This highly anticipated clash is set for UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.

Gilbert Burns, who has faced both Chimaev and Usman, believes Usman presents a more significant challenge than Paulo Costa, the initial opponent. Burns explained on his YouTube channel that Usman’s reach and experience make him a formidable opponent, especially on short notice. He emphasized how swiftly the dynamics of a fight can change, highlighting the adaptability required in these situations. Chimaev, undefeated in his MMA career, faces his sternest test against Usman, with Burns suggesting that the short notice could favor the former welterweight champion.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-chael-sonnen-details-switch-khamzat-chimaev-s-demeanor-interview-kamaru-usman-uncovers-interesting-scenario-fight

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