Khamzat Chimaev believes he could make ‘gentle work’ of UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, following the latter’s win at UFC 271.
‘[Israel Adesanya] straightforward cash for me, 0 wrestling. 1 spherical I’m gonna kill him,’ the Russian wrote in a since-deleted tweet on Saturday.
On Saturday, Adesanya efficiently defended his middleweight title for the fourth time, defeating Robert Whittaker on factors in Houston with the judges scoring the competition 48-47, 48-47, 49-46.
Khamzat Chimaev has vowed to make gentle work of Israel Adesanya
The Russian believes he can knock out the UFC middleweight champion in a single spherical
The Nigerian-born New Zealander had beforehand beat Whittaker in UFC 243 in October 2019, knocking out the American within the second spherical.
Requested in regards to the Russian feedback within the post-fight press convention, Adesanya shrugged off Chimaev’s jibe however didn’t reply to the decision out.
The middleweight champion, nevertheless, had loads to say about his title defence.
‘I knew he was going to convey every little thing, as a result of final time I took every little thing away from him, he had nothing to lose,’ he advised reporters within the instant aftermath of his victory.
Israel Adesanya cemented his place on the high of the middleweight division at UFC 271
The Final Stylebender (R) met Robert Whittaker (L) on the Toyota Middle on Saturday night time
‘I attempted to get his leg, however as soon as he realised he was damage he was tentative with it. Kudos to his boxing coaches.
‘I knew he was going to attempt to copy Jan’s homework however I’m the massive canine on this yard so he couldn’t take me down.
‘I do know June doesn’t have a PPV but, I do know Jared Cannonier did some work tonight and I’m taking a look at June.’
Whittaker’s nook implored him to be braver and take extra dangers, regardless of a dimension distinction
He mentioned he’s trying to compete once more in June with a Jared Cannonier bout on the horizon
Since making his UFC debut two years in the past, Chimaev has secured two wins at welterweight and is ranked because the world No 11 within the division.
The Russian is anticipated to struggle former welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns subsequent.
The 2 have reached a verbal settlement and UFC 273 on April 9 has been mooted as potential date, however the bout is but to be finalised.