UFC commentator Jon Anik gets a lot of flack for being a believer in Khamzat Chiamev. Many seem to think he and the UFC have some sort of agenda when it comes to the hyped Swedish welterweight.
“People bang on me and Dana White because they think there’s some agenda with Khamzat Chimaev. We’re going by what we see with our own eyes,” UFC commentator Anik told MMA Fighting on a special edition of Between the Links. “The big question was, how many times can he make 170 pounds? Was he long for this division? And even though the [previous] weight cut was a little dicey, I have more conviction now in his ability to make the weight than I did before, and it seems his coaches have him of a singular mind, that he’s going to be chasing welterweight contention and not dicking around at middleweight.
“So, yeah, my burning question is, is Khamzat Chimaev as elite as he seems to be, as strong and as dangerous as he seems to be? And can he work himself into a fight with a guy in Kamaru Usman, who is something like 15-0 in the UFC and one of the greatest, if not the greatest of all-time? That’s sort of at the tip of my tongue right now.”
There is no doubt Jon Anik is not alone in his excitement for Khamzat Chimaev in the UFC. Many are expecting him to take some big fights and prove himself in the coming year.