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Controversial Footage Emerges Of Khamzat Chimaev Dropping UFC Heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson In Sparring

Controversial Footage Emerges Of Khamzat Chimaev Dropping UFC Heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson In Sparring

Controversial footage of Khamzat Chimaev dropping UFC heavyweight Alexander Gustafsson in sparring has emerged online.

Chechen-born Swede Chimaev made his UFC debut in July and produced two dominant performances 10 days apart when he convincingly beat John Phillips and Rhys Mckee on 'Fight Island' and only had two strikes come his way inside the Octagon.

UFC president Dana White was blown away by his record-breaking victories, providing him with glowing praise and hailing him as "special".

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Now training for his first fight on US soil against Gerald Meerschaert on September 19, Chimaev has been working with two-time light heavyweight title challenger Gustafsson at the Allstars gym in Stockholm.

But a clip of their spar has been doing the rounds and shows Gustafsson drop to the deck after a kick from 'Borz'. There's been split opinions amongst the MMA community as to whether it was a shot to the liver or an illegal, low blow.

What we do know for definite, is that Gustafsson felt it.

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Big things are expected of Chimaev in UFC and Dana White is already targeting a big welterweight bout against the experienced Demian Maia when UFC return to 'Fight Island' in the near future.

"He'll fight here [in Las Vegas] and he'll fight in 'Fight Island'," the UFC president said this week, as per RT.

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"Yeah, this guy wants to...I love that mentality. We're working on a fight for him here, it's still being worked. But we're talking about him and Demian Maia on 'Fight Island'."

Chimaev has already hit headlines in recent times after he revealed he travelled to Dublin in attempt to hunt down and "beat up" Conor McGregor in response to his comments about UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The 8-0 fighter ended up being stopped by police and detained in a cell for eight hours before he was sent back to Sweden.

Topics: UFC News, MMA News, UFC, Alexander Gustafsson, MMA

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