Khamzat Chimaev has revealed his dream fight and it’s current UFC heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
Chimaev was asked about his dream fight during a recent podcast appearance and surprised many when he revealed it is Jones. Chimaev is a current middleweight, but he says he isn’t afraid of going up in weight to fight Jones as he says it would be an honor to fight him.
“Jon Jones still is the best fighter in the world right now. He has most title defenses, he’s a two-weight class champion, he never lost still. He’s the youngest champion in UFC (history). If you speak about MMA, everyone knows Jon Jones. In history, (there is) nobody like him. So for sure, he’s dream match for everyone who wants to be in the history (books). I’m younger than him,” Chimaev said on Smile 2 Jannah. “I hope he’s not going to go soon from this job, get this fight as well. When I (grew) up – I like him, I like his training. I watched his training, I learned a lot of stuff from him. We spoke about training so we can maybe train together. He’s a nice guy. We were speaking and joking around.”
Although Khamzat Chimaev calls Jon Jones his dream fight, it’s unlikely the scrap will ever happen due to the weight difference. ‘Bones’ meanwhile, is also set to defend his heavyweight title against Stipe Miocic, and his future after that fight is up in the air.
Chimaev likes his chances against Jones
If Khamzat Chimaev does get a matchup against Jon Jones, he does think he would get his hand raised, as he has full confidence he can beat any fighter at any weight.
“Depends which weight class. He’s now a heavyweight. You’re asking me? For sure I think I will win. That’s a hard fight for everyone. He fought two times with my training partner Alexander Gustafsson, they had a good fight. So I become a fighter with Alex, been training with him. For sure I want to fight with [Jones] so it will be a big history if we fight. Since Alex gave him the best fight in history, now maybe it’s my time to fight him, as well,” Chimaev added.
For now, Chimaev will have his sights set on the UFC 297 main event between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis for the middleweight title, as the Swede believes he will face the winner.