- Daniel Cormier has weighed in on the evident closeness of Khamzat Chimaev and Darren Till
- “DC” made a bold speculation about what’s good for Chimaev’s image
Khamzat Chimaev is one of the most promising UFC stars at present. While MMA is not really a sport where one can find good friends, “Borz” surprisingly found one in his fellow UFC fighter Darren Till. However, former heavyweight king Daniel Cormier doesn’t see it as a positive for Chimaev.
The “Buddy buddy thing” is not good for “Borz”
In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Cormier shockingly gave Chimaev some unsolicited advice on how he should struck the public as a UFC star. According to “DC,” his newly-found friendship with Till is alright but “Borz” should not be an open book about his personal life.
“I love the whole buddy buddy thing with Darren Till,” Cormier said. “[But] I think it’s a mistake. I think he should continue to be a mystery to people. I think he should spend as little time in front of the public, and showing who he is, pulling the curtain back. I would pull the curtain back as little as I could if I’m Khamzat. Just because the mystery is good for him.”
The scariest contender there is
Despite assuming that Chimaev’s closeness with Till is not good for the welterweight contender’s image, Cormier reckoned that “Borz” is still by far the “scariest contender” in the entire current UFC roster.
“I think he’s the scariest contender we have seen for a while,” the former champion said of Chimaev. “The odds may seem high… But if you think he’s gonna win that fight [against Burns], which a lot of people do, then the odds don’t really matter. But I do believe that he’s the most scary contender we’ve had for a while.”
Chimaev and Till may have a lot of things in common in their personal life but in the UFC, the two have their significant differences. Chimaev is a welterweight and is having the time of his life, having gone unbeaten in his first four fights in the promotion. His last three wins were all first-round finishes with the latest coming by way of rear-naked choke against Jingliang Li at UFC 267.
Till, on the other hand, is a middleweight contender and has not tasted a win since 2020. He is coming off a submission lost to Derek Brunson at UFC Fight Night 191.
However, the one notable thing Chimaev and Till have in common at the moment is that both of them have got their sights on big-name opponents. “Borz” recently expressed his desire to take on No. 1 welterweight contender Colby Covington, while “The Gorilla” has made his pitch for a title fight against 185-pound king Israel Adesanya.