As Khamzat Chimaev defeated Kamaru Usman last weekend at UFC 294, the undefeated MMA fighter has agreed to a new long-term contract with the UFC, which will see him remain there for the foreseeable future.
Regarded as the next superstar of the UFC, Chimaev is currently ranked #4 in the UFC Welterweight Rankings and has defeated the likes of Kevin Holland (submission), Gilbert Burns (unanimous decision), Gerald Meerschaert (knockout) and Li Jingliang (technical submission) in the promotion holding a 6-0 record in the UFC and a 12-0 MMA record overall.
As reported by ESPN, Chimaev’s manager told the publication that the fighter signed a new deal on Tuesday. This means that the UFC will exclusively keep Chimaev in the Octagon for the foreseeable future; however, the exact terms of the deal were not disclosed.
It is understood that the Swedish fighter had two fights remaining on his UFC contract before agreeing to terms on a long-term contract extension – one of those fights being against Kamaru Usman last weekend.
After defeating Usman at UFC 294, Chimaev is set to take on Sean Strickland for the UFC Middleweight Championship. The fight against the Usman lived up to expectations and saw him last the entire three rounds after adjusting to his opponent’s style on short notice.
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“I wrote Dana White and I said, ‘Brother, give me someone, I need to fight,’” Chimaev recalled via UFC.com.
“But then my manager called so I deleted the message.”
“I want to fight the best guys. It’s not fun to watch if I’m going to smash somebody that nobody knows. It’s not going to make UFC any money,” Chimaev added.
“I’m not after just the title; I’m after all the heads in the UFC. Smash somebody, make money and be happy.
“If I smash everyone, finish everyone, they have to give me all belts.”