JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Just four fights into his UFC profession, Khamzat Chimaev is already 1 of the most preferred athletes on the promotion’s complete roster. Forward of the most important fight of his burgeoning job, the 27-12 months-old welterweight isn’t really shy on predicting greatness from himself relocating forward.

With Chimaev (10- MMA, 4- UFC) dealing with former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns (20-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC) on the shell out-for each-view most important card of Saturday’s UFC 273, lots of think he’ll generate a title shot of his very own with an spectacular gain.

Chimaev thinks he’s by now the titleholder, pointing to the recent actions of reigning champion Kamaru Usman, as perfectly as leading contender Leon Edwards, as evidence of his place.

“I am by now the champ,” Chimaev instructed MMA Underground at Wednesday’s media working day. “The guys, they never want to struggle me. 1 person goes out and has operation or a thing. He wishes to go do the boxing someplace and he can correct his arm. Are we going to go do the boxing? I you should not know.