The pair are set to clash in a highly-anticipated welterweight bout at UFC 273 Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida.
The pre-fight press conference took place on Thursday and after a cordial meeting between the pair in the hotel on Wednesday, there was a lot more back-and-forth banter the following day.
Chimaev gave his prediction for the fight first.
“I’m going to smash that guy, knock him out in one minute [or] less,” Chimaev said (via MMA Fighting). “I promise you. He’s too little, boy. He’s a scared boy.
“I said to him yesterday show his power. He couldn’t show that. He said I’ll show you Saturday and he turned around. I was there. You’re too little brother. You have to go to other divisions.”
Burns responded while smiling.
“I’ll show you Saturday,” Burns said. “Keep that energy. I’ll do it.”
Chimaev would repeat the prediction again while also taking personal shots at Burns.
“I’m gonna kill that guy,” Chimaev said. “I have power in my hands. I don’t care what I’m going to do. I’m going to jump in the cage and smash that guy. I don’t care. He will be down [on the ground], I will smash his face. If it will be standup, I will knock him out. I don’t care.
“That guy’s not f***** from Brazil. I am more in Brazil than him. He is not Brazilian. He speaks English, he cannot speak Portuguese.”
Burns remained unfazed as he repeatedly mocked Chimaev’s speaking as mumbling and called for a translator while laughing.
“I can’t understand,” Burns responded. “Where’s the translator?”
Khamzat Chimaev Gets Hyped Up, Slams Table
Li Jingliang was notably in attendance and was asking questions.
And when he asked Burns what he thought of being an underdog against Chimaev, the latter chimed in while being pumped up. So much so that he slammed the microphone on the table before slamming the table with his hand afterwards.
“Of course he’s underdog!” Chimaev said. “The king is here! I can see you every minute. Come on backstage, I smash your face.”
Burns would laugh it off as he did for most of the press conference.
“You ain’t gonna do s***,” Burns said. “He’s mad! He hit the table. See you Saturday, buddy.”
You can watch the full press conference below: