UFC star Khamzat Chimaev reveals Conor McGregor’s amazing 13-second KO of Jose Aldo inspired him to take MMA seriously
KHAMZAT CHIMAEV's incredible run in the UFC was partly inspired by mixed martial arts legend Conor McGregor.
The undefeated Russian has torn through the welterweight ranks in just four fights in MMA's top promotion.
Times, however, weren't always easy for the former Swedish national wrestling champion, who had to make immense sacrifices to pursue his dream of fighting in the UFC.
But he was given renewed hope of making it to the big leagues after seeing Conor McGregor's historic knockout of Jose Aldo in December 2015.
He told ESPN: “I see the guy (McGregor) knock him out. I was thinking, 'If that light guy did that s**t, then why is it the end of it for me?'
“Mentally, I’m stronger than him, my body’s bigger than him.
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"I was feeling if, at that time, I just meet him outside, I can break him, you know. If he makes that money, why not me?”
Chimaev's MMA career likely wouldn't have ever taken off if wasn't for the sacrifices made by his doting mother.
He said: “Always inside of me, I’m going to find some ways to make my life better.
“She thinks always about us. When I was young, you don’t understand why she gives her food to us.
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"She was waiting for us, we finish the food and the things that’s left, she’ll eat this one.
“Now, when I’ve become older, I understand what she did that time. Now I want to give back everything.
That’s why I always feel like I have to make her life as much better as possible. If she’s happy, I’m happy.”
Chimaev will have the opportunity to catapult himself into welterweight title contention early on Sunday morning at UFC 273.
Borz will lock horns with former title challenger Gilbert Burns on a stacked card in Jacksonville, Florida.
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But Brazilian Burns has every intention of derailing the Chimaev steam train, telling SunSport: "I do believe I'm gonna win this fight.
"And I don't think it's gonna be by decision, I think it's going to be a finish."
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