Khamzat Chimaev became known as one of the UFC breakout stars in the MMA world in 2020.

However, Chimaev’s rise to fame presented several challenges. The Swedish fighter, who was born in Chechnya, has hinted that he is much better now than he was before he joined the UFC.

Speaking to, Khamzat Chimaev recalled a story when Swedish UFC light heavyweight star Alexander Gustafsson bought him shoes and clothes when Chimaev was struggling financially. Khamzat Chimaev also praised former UFC fighter Reza Madadi. Chimaev said:

“Once we’re going on a run with Alex (Alexander Gustafsson). My shoes weren’t that good because, like, trash brother. He sees my shoes after training and says, ‘We’re going somewhere’. (He) buys me shoes, like training gear. I really appreciate it. And Reza also helped us. So when we had no food he always came with the food and gave us money, help us. Never, ever forget that. “

Additionally, Khamzat Chimaev spoke about helping others now that he is able to:

“A year ago we had nothing to eat. Me and my brother Bilal lived here. Now there are a lot of people here, for example from Chechnya and Dagestan, for example from Russia. And yes, they come to the gym like in the beginning, they want to do something like me, you know, from the start. And a lot of guys like it now when I can help these guys. I help you. I like to help these guys because that time was tough for me.

“My brothers helped me, like (Alexander) Gustafsson. Sometimes he’ll buy me food and running shoes. You know, sometimes clothes to give me workout clothes. Reza (Madadi) too; he always helped me with food, with everything. ”

Check out the full video from with Khamzat Chimaev below:

Khamzat Chimaev and Alexander Gustafsson have big fights ahead of them in 2021

Paul Craig (left); Li Jingliang (right)
Paul Craig (left); Li Jingliang (right)

Khamzat Chimaev is about to make his highly anticipated return after addressing serious health issues related to COVID-19.

“Borz” will fight Li Jingliang in a welterweight matchup at UFC 267 on October 30th. Chimaev has vowed to win UFC gold very soon.

Meanwhile, Alexander Gustafsson is returning to the light heavyweight division in his next fight. ‘The Mauler’ is slated to face Paul Craig in a crucial light heavyweight match at UFC Fight Night 191 on September 4th.

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