Dana White Reveals What Khamzat Chimaev Told Him While Picking Up Li Jingliang, Mentions Brock Lesnar
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UFC president Dana White says Khamzat Chimaev was "yelling crazy sh*t" at him for the entirety of his UFC 267 victory against Li Jingliang - and even mentioned Brock Lesnar as he casually picked up his opponent.
The Russian-born welterweight, who is now 10-0 in his MMA career after defeating Jingliang inside one round, returned to the Octagon for the first time in 13 months on Saturday night and well, he certainly made a statement.
Chimaev not only produced another scintillating display on Fight Island but he did so in style, chatting to White in a moment that soon went viral on social media. You can check out that insane clip below.
Khamzat Chimaev holding Li in the air while talking to Dana White! LMAOOO! Dude is a straight savage!! pic.twitter.com/p9aLKYnXK0
- ✯✯✯✯✯ (@FTBVids_YT) October 30, 2021
After another entertaining card in Abu Dhabi, a clearly impressed Dana White revealed what Chimaev was saying to him.
In the UFC 267 post-fight press conference, he said: "He was yelling crazy sh*t at me the whole fight. I don't know why. But he was basically just saying 'I'm going to fight everybody' and 'I'm going to fight Brock Lesnar, I don't care who it is.'
"Like I said before, he's special man."
Hasbulla watching Dana watching Chimaev.#UFC267 pic.twitter.com/vVoAqQy5lJ
- Dovy:electric_plug: (@DovySimuMMA) October 30, 2021
What Khamzat Chimaev has done in his first 4 fights may never be topped. 4 fights, 4 finishes, one strike absorbed. That's like a QB never throwing a pick, a pitcher not throwing a ball and a basketball player never missing a free throw. Actually it's better than that. #UFC267
- MacMally:four_leaf_clover: (@MacMallyMMA) October 30, 2021
In September last year, after Chimaev picked up his third straight win against Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11, White waxed lyrically about the Russian-born fighter.
"The guy is special. I've been in this game my whole life, I've never seen anything like it," he said.
"It is special, it is different. He wants to fight again, so I've never been in a position where I think, 'Who's next? How do we get him a fight? How do we bring it here? How do we do this? How do we do that?' It's fun and I like it.
"I think when you're a fighting fanatic, a guy like this is the kind of guy you love to watch and follow and hate and whatever. This guy is one of the most special fighters I've ever seen, if not the most special guy I've ever come across.
"And he kept telling myself before this fight, 'You think I'm a fighter. Wait until you see my hands. ' Shit, he wasn't lying."
UFC President Dana White on Khamzat Chimaev:
"This guy is one of the most special fighters I've ever seen, if not the most special guy I've ever come across." pic.twitter.com/hxgunluj0g
- Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 20, 2020
Ahead of his bout against Jingliang on Saturday night, Chimaev gave an insight into how he prepares for a fight.
"I don't like to watch my opponents," Chimaev said. "I'm more focused on what I'm going to do. I don't think about my opponent.
"Last time, I just go in and smashed this guy. If I focused on what he's going to do, he's going to do something, but if you focus on what you're going to do, you're going to do everything with him."
One thing is for certain; Chimaev is a special, special fighter.