“He was only 40%,” Khamzat Chimaev’s head coach explains the frustration during historic UFC 273 fight against Gilbert Burns » FirstSportz

Andreas Michael - Khamzat Chimaev
Andreas Michael – Khamzat Chimaev

UFC Welterweight Chamzat Chimaev proven at UFC273 that the hype behind him is real and that his commitment to one day becoming a world champion is unstoppable no matter how wild the obstacles. Chimaev went on to earn his first decision win at UFC 273 Gilbert Burns in what many are already claiming to be a contender for fight of the year. Burns brought out a very different test for Chimaev, one of a willingness to stay in the Octagon and keep fighting even when the tide is against this young man’s storm.

Khamzat Chimaev - Gilbert Burns
Khamzat Chimaev and Gilbert Burns UFC 273

Chimaev is now 11-0 in his entire MMA career and 5-0 in the UFC with 4 finishes. UFC President Dana White stated before UFC 273 that if Chimaev wins against Burns, he will face the No. 1 welterweight and former two-time title challenger Colby Covington. Both Covington and Chimaev have subtly traded taunts at each other in media exposure, and it seems this fight will determine Chimaev’s chances of their next title fight.

Khamzat Chimaev annoys coach Andreas Michael with the wrong approach to the game plan

Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gilbert Burns

Chimaev’s longtime trainer from his home studio All-Stars Training Center in Sweden, trainer Andrew Michael reacted to the epic fight between Chimaev and Burns in a post-fight Instagram post. Coach Michael, who has also coached former light heavyweight title contenders Alexander Gustavsson and heavyweight Ilir LatifiHe explained what he wanted from Chimaev and that it was the opposite of what his student did on Saturday night. The frustration was clearly visible as Michael Chimaev yelled at the break between rounds 2 and 3.

“People ask me what I said to Khamza at the end of the second round, that’s what I told him, “Stop fighting, stop street fighting, use your straight punches and keep it simple. This is an easy fight if you’re not fighting. All you have to do is keep him on your jab and be patient. Don’t make it harder than it has to be,’” Michael also explains how the game plan differed from participating in a war or a grappling match and was much more focused on keeping a relatively smaller fighter in Burns with Jab off his offensive range.

“These guys gave the public a show. but as a coach i don’t care about publicity, i care about the easiest way to WIN with minimal damage. That’s my main job, protecting the fighter, he continued.

My take on this is that Khamza was 40% last night because he went in with attitude that he wanted to knock him out and show everyone. Who cares about everyone! People only support and love you when you win, so the only goal is WIN! But like a warrior, he wanted a WAR. I was very upset because I believe and know what he can do. You haven’t even seen this, but it’s scary! learn hearing curve”, Michael ended by thanking everyone at the All Stars Gym by tagging them in the caption.

What are your thoughts on Coach Michael’s post-fight assessment of Chimaev’s performance at UFC 273? What are your thoughts on Chimaev fighting Covington next? Do you think Chimaev will come through Covington too or will Covington give Chimaev his first career loss? It’s so interesting to see that Chimaev has only competed professionally in MMA for the past 4 years and has defeated the #2 welterweight in Burns in just 10 fights. This rapid rise in the rankings matches that of UFC Megastar Conor McGregor and UFC Hall of Famers Ronda Rouseys careers in their prime.

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