LAS VEGAS — Khamzat Chimaev showed incredible wrestling and jiu-jitsu in July while winning his first two UFC fights in Abu Dhabi. On Saturday at Apex, he showed something very different.
Chimaev- drilled Gerald Meerschaert with a short, quick and extremely powerful right hand, dropping the veteran from Milwaukee in a heap and ending the fight just 17 seconds after it began.
Bettors went heavy on Chimaev prior to the bout and he closed at -500 at the MGM Grand Sports Book. The veteran Meerschaert scoffed at Chi in the pre-fight talk and said he’d never had any resistance in his career.
Meerschaert, though, didn’t provide any resistance either. Chimaev won his third UFC fight in a UFC-record 66 days with a blazingly fast shot that no one saw coming, especially not Meerschaert.
“Holy [expletive] shit!” UFC president Dana White said to Yahoo Sports about Chi, who is slated to fight Demian Maia in November.
Meerschaert was aggravated by the double booking for Chi, believing it disrespected him. But Chi proved he’s more than just a one-hit wonder and scored the most impressive win of his career.
He’s now 9-0 and 3-0 in the UFC and is going to be taken very seriously by everyone he faces from here on out.