We now know what was said to Khamzat Chimaev in between rounds.
Chimaev is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Gilbert Burns after their welterweight barnburner at UFC 273 this past weekend. It wasn’t easy by any means, either, as Chimaev took more damage in those 15 minutes than he did in his previous four UFC fights combined.
However, “Borz” showed great heart and spirit to remain in the fight and eventually outlast Burns to get the nods of all three judges.
Coach To Khamzat Chimaev: Stop Brawling!
Of course, what made the fight so great was the fact that Chimaev and Burns were continually brawling for the majority of the contest.
One notable moment stood out following the second round in which Burns seriously hurt Chimaev and almost dropped him — that was Chimaev’s coach Andreas Michael frantically shouting at him and urging him to follow the game plan.
It wasn’t in English, so naturally, many were curious to find out what Michael was telling him.
Luckily for us all, Michael revealed everything in a lengthy Instagram post:
“People ask me what i told Khamzat end of round 2 this is what i told him ”stop brawling stop having a street fight use your straight punches and keep it Easy, this is an Easy fight if you dont brawl all you have to do is keep him on your jab and have patience. Don’t make it harder than it has to be.
“Nothing else was needed just fast jab and sometimes a straight right keeping your distance reach, to not get hit with the hooks. Thats what i demanded from him. I told him to stop giving everyone a show and just keep it boring and simple. To not force anything just be fast and light on hes feet. This was the game plan all along. Easier than Wrestling and Easier than Grappling. In flashes we saw that.
“Gilbert with all respect is a tough gritty Brave warrior. All the love and respect to him. These guys gave a show to the public. But as a coach i dont Care about the public i Care about the easiest way to the WIN with the minimum damage. Thats My number One job to protect the fighter.
“Everyone talks about the hype train is over? How many fighters in the Begining of there carriars not even against top ranked oponents had absolut lack lustered performances in there carriar. Shall i rack Them up? Champions legends list goes on. This means nothing! A famous basketball player told me Once its hard winning Damn hard! My opinion about this is that Khamzat was 40% last night cause he went in with the mindset that he Wanted to knock him out and show everyone. Who cares about everyone! People only support and love you when your winning, so the only goal is the WIN! But like a warrior he Wanted a WAR.
“I was very upset becuase i believe and know what he can do. You havent even seen that Yet its scary! Learning listening curve.
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Luckily for Chimaev, his not following the game plan didn’t cost him in the end.
And going forward, that lesson learned against Burns may make him an even bigger threat against whoever he ends up facing next.