UFC 294: Chimaev inflicts third defeat on Usman



Kamaru Usman, the former UFC welterweight champion, suffered his third consecutive loss in the Octagon, this time to undefeated Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294. Chimaev improved his record to 13-0 with the victory.

Chimaev wasted no time in getting to work in the opening round, scoring a takedown on Usman early.

He controlled the rest of the round, keeping Usman on his back and threatening with submissions.

Usman tried to slow down the pace of the fight in the second round, but Chimaev was still able to land a takedown in the final 30 seconds.

Usman came out with more energy in the third round, but Chimaev responded with a double-leg takedown that killed Usman’s momentum.

The fight ended with Chimaev and Usman trading strikes on their feet.

However, it was clear that Chimaev was the better fighter on the night.

Usman had not defended his welterweight title in five attempts before this fight, and he had lost three consecutive fights, including two to Leon Edwards.

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Chimaev had been scheduled to fight Paulo Costa, but Costa pulled out with an elbow injury, and Usman stepped in on 10 days’ notice to take the fight.

Despite the short notice, Chimaev was clearly the better fighter on the night.

He showed that he is one of the most dangerous fighters in the UFC, regardless of weight class.

It will be interesting to see what Dana White does with Chimaev next. He is clearly a title contender, but it is unclear if he will stay at middleweight or move back down to welterweight.

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