- A Khamzat Chimaev lookalike wins an MMA fight via same submission move he used on Kevin Holland
- The fighter in question is also undefeated as a pro
As wild as it may seem, a Turkish fighter has the same name, nickname, and fighting style as UFC welterweight contender Khamzat Chimaev. The man in question is Khamzat “Borz” Maaev, who pulled off a Chimaev-Esque Anaconda choke in his latest victory.
At first glance, the resemblance between Maaev and Chimaev is undeniable as both fighters have incredibly identical looks. Both men are bearded and lengthy but more importantly, both are tremendously great fighters.
Maaev recently proved that his similarities with Chimaev don’t end in outside appearance. Maaev, who also uses the moniker “Borz,” impressed in his latest fight at Khan Fight 2 against undefeated fighter Tagir Magomedov.
Just like Chimaev, Maaev also utilizes his grappling during fights. What’s even more interesting, Maaev could also take out his opponents in Chimaev fashion – quick and vicious. That’s exactly what took place Saturday when Maaev submitted Magomedovin just two minutes via Brabo or Anaconda choke, the same submission move Chimaev pulled off when he finished Kevin Holland at UFC 279.
Watch the incredible submission finish below:
Khamzat "Borz" Maaev just fought at Khan Fight 2. No seriously that's his name. pic.twitter.com/25YHaPfpfS
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 7, 2023
An impressive run like Chimaev
The win over Magomedov saw Maaev improve his unbeaten streak to 3-0. The Chechen has never lost a fight since making his debut in 2020 and is already gaining a reputation for finishing fights quickly like Chimaev in the UFC.
Prior to Magomedov, Maaev knocked out his two past foes. The latest was a stunning KO victory over Jusbek Uulu at FFC Grand Prix: 18+ in March, which only lasted over a minute.
Magomedov, meanwhile, suffered his first professional loss. He now has a 4-1 record in MMA.
In the UFC, Chimaev is still waiting to be booked for his next fight. The 28-year-old has remained unbeaten in the UFC and has won four of his last five trips to the Octagon via first-round finishes.