Who is Khamzat Chimaev's manager? All about the rising UFC fighter

Tom Costello September 21, 2020
Who is Khamzat Chimaev's manager? All about the rising UFC fighter

Who is Khamzat Chimaev’s manager? The Swedish-Chechen welterweight is taking the boxing world by storm and fans want to find out everything they can about him – including the name of the manager behind Chimaev’s success.

UFC Vegas 11 took place on Saturday (19 September) including a deciding grudge match between US fighters Tyron Woodley and Colby Covington. There was bad blood between the two, mainly because of Covington’s pro-Trump politics and Woodley’s open support for Black Lives Matter.

The fight ended with Covington defeating Woodley by TKO in the fifth round. However, neither walked away from the evening being the most talked about fighter.

Enter Khamzat Chimaev. The undefeated Chechen fighting out of Stockholm had garnered much hype, which he lived up to by knocking Gerald Meerschaert out cold with an overhand punch just 17 seconds into the first round.

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The hype is real.

Chimaev started gaining attention when he won two fights at different weight classes in only ten days. Chimaev competes at both welterweight and middleweight.

Meerschaert was billed as Chimaev’s first real challenge – an experienced fighter with 31 professional wins. Instead, the fight was a walk in the park for Chimaev, who raised his own record to nine wins out of nine.

With this victory, Chimaev became the first UFC fighter to win three fights within 66 days.

UFC president Dana White has already called Chimaev the “most special fighter I’ve ever seen”, which is a bold statement considering White has presided over UFC since 2001.

Chimaev has made no secret of his desire to become the greatest UFC fighter of all time and has promised he is “going to smash everybody”.

Who is Chimaev?

The 26-year-old mixed marital artist was born in Chechnya, Russia. It would appear Chimaev was destined for mixed martial arts, having first been laid on a wrestling mat when he was a year old. By the age of five, Chimaev was organising his own training, practising at a wrestling club across the street.

Chimaev moved to Sweden in 2011 when he was 17. His talent grew remarkably, winning gold medals in welterweight and middleweight divisions at Sweden’s wrestling championships.

After racking up wins in Bahrain-based fight promotion Brave CF (two knockouts, two submissions), Chimaev entered the UFC.

Legendary UFC fighter and fellow Swede Alexander Gustaffson said he had “never trained with such a good guy” before.

In his UFC debut, Chimaev submitted Welshman John Phillips in Round 2. Ten days later he defeated Northern Ireland’s Rhys McKee in a one-sided mauling.

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Chimaev insists he could fight after “one hour maybe”, adding: “If you give me one fight and someone is injured, just tell me. I’m here in Abu Dhabi. I’m gonna smash everybody.”

The undefeated Swede has even publicly called out UFC superstar Conor McGregor and claims he travelled to Ireland in 2018 with the goal of finding McGregor and beating him up only to be detained by Irish authorities at the airport and deported back to Sweden.

Chimaev says his animosity towards McGregor is due to the Irishman’s feud with current lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

McGregor isn’t the only target for Chimaev as he has called out Mike Perry and veterans Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone.

Despite being a ruthless and fearless warrior, it appears he may have a soft spot. Chimaev was recently caught on camera giving a homeless man money before taking him to McDonald’s.

Chimaev’s style is similar to Nurmagomedov’s relentless style of wrestling, which earned hime the nickname KhaBIG as he is six foot two. Some have even dubbed Chimaev Khabib 2.0.

Chimaev is also trained in kickboxing, demonstrating devastating speed, power and precision with his knockout victory over Meerschaert.

Khamzat Chimaev is undoubtedly a fighter to watch out for and already well on his way to being a UFC superstar. If he carries on winning in such a fashion again and again, could he really be denied a championship belt?

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Who is Khamzat Chimaev’s manager?

Ali Abdelaziz is an Egyptian mixed martial arts promoter who is chief executive of Dominance MMA Management. He had a one-off amateur MMA fight before going into management.

Abdelaziz is an accomplished manager, having looked after UFC champions such as Nurmagomedov, Justin Gatheje, Kamaru Usman and Henry Cejudo.

Nurmagomedov and Gatheje will fight each other for the UFC lightweight championship in October.

Other notable names under Abdelaziz’s management include Cody Garbrandt, Anthony Johnson, Fabricio Werdum, Gilbert Burns, Derek Brunson and Kelvin Gastelum.

After Chimaev’s win over McKee in July, Abdelaziz tweeted that people should call Chimaev “the wolf”, adding: “Believe me, [Chimaev] is a future champion. He’s a killer and he can do it all.”

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