Saturday’s UFC fight card features one of the most talked about fighters of recent years and considered by many to be the sport’s best prospects. Here’s a look at Khamzat Chimaev and what viewers and bettors can expect at UFC 273.
What Happened: Saturday’s UFC fight from Endeavor Group Holdings (NYSE:EDR) features Alexander Volkanovski’s main fight against Chan Sung Jung, better known as “The Korean Zombie”.
While this is the featured fight and the fight that will be billed for the last time on Saturday night, it’s one of the other main event fights that gets the most headlines and attention from fans of the sport and probably some newcomers witnessing the biggest prospect of the sport.
In a main card fight, Khamzat Chimaev (10-0) takes on Gilbert Burns (20-4) in a welterweight bout.
UFC 273 is a pay-per-view fight conducted in conjunction with UFC and ESPN+, a streaming platform of The Walt Disney Co (NYSE:DIS).
The fight can be purchased for $74.99 by ESPN+ subscribers or $99.98 for those without a current subscription as a package that includes a one-year subscription to ESPN+. Preliminary battles before the main map can be viewed on ESPN and ESPN+.
Who is Khamzat Chimaev: UFC commentator Jon Anik recently called Chimaev “the most incredible prospect I’ve ever seen,” which is high praise from someone who has followed the sport closely over the years.
Mixed martial arts news website Sherdog recently highlighted the match between Chimaev and Burns as the top fight to watch in April.
Chimaev has a perfect 10-0 record as a professional and a perfect 3-0 record in MMA as an amateur. Chimaev also never made it to the third round in a fight and has knocked out all of his opponents by TKO, KO or submission.
Chimaev joined the UFC in July 2020 and fought twice in a 10-day period, winning the fights by a second-round submission and a first-round TKO, respectively.
In his young professional fighting and UFC career, Chimaev already holds the record for fastest two consecutive wins in UFC history (10 days) and fastest three wins in UFC history (66 days). Chimaev has also won four consecutive “Performance of the Night” awards from the UFC.
Searches on Google, a unit of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ: GOOG) (NASDAQ: GOOGL), climbed to Chimaev in October for his final battle, and searches this week approached a similar upward trajectory.
The undefeated UFC fighter previously announced his retirement from the sport on Instagram due to complications from COVID-19 before recovering and returning in October 2021.
Chimaev previously fought as an MMA fighter in the Brave Combat Federation, a competition in the Middle East, before coming to the UFC.
Born in Russia, Chimaev has fought and trained in Sweden, a country where he also competed as a wrestler with a perfect 24-0 record and multiple Swedish Nationals titles.
One item that could be controversial for Chimaev is his friendship with Chechen leader and Vladimir Putin ally, Ramzan Kadyrov. The headlines were recently made when Kadyrov took on Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA) on Twitter for having previously said he could beat Putin in a fight.
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The Matchup: Unlike some of the fighters Chimaev has faced, Burns is a seasoned veteran who could be his biggest challenge.
Burns is also coming into the fight with momentum at his side, winning seven of his last eight fights. The only loss to Burns in the eight fights was to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Five of the last Burns fights have been won by decision.
Burns has been a UFC fighter since 2014 with a 13-4 record in the most infamous MMA competition in the world.
The matchup has huge implications for the UFC as league president Dana White tipped his hand a little bit about what the fight means for the future of the sport. In an interview on the Pat McAfee Show, White said what’s next for Chimaev.
“I think… if Khamzat Chimaev wins this weekend, we’ll see him and Colby Covington next,” White said.
White said that in a perfect world where Chimaev wins, he would love to match the fighter with Covington for a big upcoming UFC fight card to air on ABC.
White’s comments could give Chimaev a boost, while also providing additional motivation for Burns to win and showing that White shouldn’t have made the pre-fight comments.
Betting Odds: UFC fans and gamblers strongly support Chimaev for Saturday’s fight.
DraftKings Inc (NASDAQ: DKNG) has Chimaev as the -525 favorite for the fight against Burns (+325). This means that a $1 bet on Chimaev to win will pay out a profit of just 19 cents.
Gamblers who see Chimaev’s history of not making it to the third round may want to bet on more specific results.
Chimaev to win by KO or TKO pays +110 and a bet on Chimaev to win by submission pays +275. Chimaev has six wins by TKO/KO and four by submission. Chimaev wins by decision pays +380.
There are also prop bets on the battle to go distance at -330 and the over/under for rounds is set at 1.5.
Those who expected Chimaev to win quickly, as he often has, can bet Chimaev wins by KO/TKO and under 1.5 rounds at odds of +200.
Choices: Chimaev wins by KO/TKO +110
Chimaev wins by submission +275
Fight to go distance, no -330
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