Khamzat Chimaev proved he's the real deal after rag-dolling UFC middleweight contender Jack Hermansson in a special freestyle wrestling contest.
Chimaev made a swift return to action following his triumphant Octagon return, where he destroyed Li Jingliang at UFC 267 last month.
He swapped MMA for wrestling, taking on Hermansson in a featured bout at Bulldog Fight Night on Friday.
And 'Borz' continued to enhance his reputation in the fight game, rag-dolling the Swedish middleweight contender in a points victory (8-0).
He controlled the tempo of the bout as he showed off his incredible grappling skills, including a remarkable throw.
Chimaev performed a sensational a step around throw from double over-hooks in a moment that confirmed his status as a UFC phenom.
Fans online were raving about the UFC star following his dominant victory over Hermansson.
One joked: "[Kamaru] Usman is currently working on a retirement plan."
A second tweeted: "Wow that's high level wrestling right there."
A third added: "Chimaev destroyed him, if this is MMA this is done in the next 60 seconds. He's for real."
Me as an honest Usman fan watching Chimaev destroy everyone he comes into contact with pic.twitter.com/EOyyRw7Kw3- Heavyweight Thanos (@MMAThanos) November 20, 2021
Chimaev is 4-0 in the UFC having picked up four impressive stoppage victories - one at middleweight.
He earned himself a spot in the UFC welterweight rankings (No.10) after submitting Jingliang.
The 27-year-old appears set for one more UFC outing before the end of the year.
Asked if fans will see him again in 2021, UFC president Dana White replied: "Yes," before adding that the matchmakers are "trying to" get an opponent.
How far is he away from a shot at UFC gold? Well, White believes he's 'one or two' fights away from a championship clash.
"I don't know if Chimaev is ready for that yet," White said. "Chimaev just broke into the top 10 by fighting a No. 11 [ranked contender].
"It's a whole other ballgame when you get into the top 10 and you start fighting [No.] 5 and up. He's one or two fights away from a possible championship."
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