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#11 Middleweight Division


Khamzat Chimaev

Middleweight Division

13-0-0 (W-L-D)


Wins by Knockout


Wins by Submission


First Round Finishes

Khamzat Chimaev

athlete record


Learn more about Khamzat Chimaev's UFC history, fighter facts, and Q&A below.

Fighting style
Octagon Debut
Jul. 15, 2020
Leg reach
  • Pro since 2018

  • Six wins by KO, five by submission (Heel hook, 2 D’Arce choke, 2 RNC)

  • Eight first round finishes

  • Origin of nickname: “Means ‘Wolf’ in Chechen.”

UFC 294 (10/21/23) Chimaev won a three round majority decision over Kamaru Usman

UFC 279 (9/10/22) Chimaev submitted Kevin Holland via D'Arce choke at 2:13 of the first round 

UFC 273 (4/9/22) Chimaev won a three round unanimous decision over Gilbert Burns

UFC 267 (10/30/21) Chimaev submitted Li Jingliang via rear naked choke at 3:16 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (9/19/20) Chimaev knocked out Gerald Meerschaert at :17 of the first round

UFC on ESPN (7/25/20) Chimaev stopped Rhys McKee via strikes at 3:09 of the first round

UFC Fight Night (7/15/20) Chimaev submitted John Phillips via D’Arce choke at 1:12 of the second round

When and why did you start training for fighting? I am a competitive person and have competed my whole life. When I was younger it was wrestling, and when I moved to Sweden, I kept wrestling. After a few national championships I won a gift card at a hotel in Stockholm. I came during a weekend and went to Allstars and tried MMA. I felt that this was something for me and when I went back to Kalmar, I decided to quit my job and move to Stockholm.

What ranks and titles have you held? Swedish National champion in freestyle wrestling 

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? It means that all the hard work and sacrifices that have been made are worth it now when I belong to the best fighting organization in the world. Finally, I can show to the world what I am capable of.

What was your job before you started fighting? I worked in a small poultry factory in the small town of Kalmar and did some security work in Stockholm when I started fighting.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? I went undefeated (4-0) as an amateur in MMA with all finishes.

Favorite grappling technique: No favorite. As long as the opponent taps, it’s the favorite.