Any concerns that followed Khamzat Chimaev after a shaky (and some might say shady) weigh-in at UFC 267 were, well, smashed when he steamrolled Li Jingliang in the first round of their pay-per-view meeting.
Fighting for the first time since a serious bout with COVID-19, Chimaev announced his return by quickly picking up Jingliang and depositing him to the mat, where he toyed with the Chinese fighter until putting him to sleep with a rear-naked choke at the 3:16 mark of the opening frame.
After four octagon fights, Chimaev has given up a grand total of one strike. Here’s what fighters had to say about his return.
Sheesh I can’t believe Khamzat has shut 3 people out in the UFC!— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) October 30, 2021
Damn! That’s one bad ass dude at 170 lbs! Super impressive! #UFC267— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 30, 2021
Holy crap!!! So impressive and once again didn’t even get touched!! #UFC267— Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) October 30, 2021
Well…he SMESH!— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) October 30, 2021
Damn, Khazmat is for real. Crazy— Vince Morales (@vandetta135) October 30, 2021
Chimaev fights are always a dominating performance- this time though with only hand Controle and just one ☝️ hook on the fence he makes it look easy— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) October 30, 2021