Steven McTowelie -
Chimaev has yet to really be tested. He's a killer but he has never seen the 3rd round in any fight. It will be interesting to see how he performs if Edwards survives. He's a boring fighter but if he wins this he will have some chips to actually bet with.
Lots of people say this, and he is very green still but what if he goes on to end his career 40-0 with 40 first round finishes?
Would you still hold it against him because he never left the 1st round and wasn’t ‘tested’?
If he goes 40-0 with 40 finishes and actually fights top guys for his last 10-15 opponents, then I personally wouldn’t hold it against him. If he was 40-0 with his best win being GM3 then yeah, I’d say he was relatively untested.
But it’s not unreasonable for people to say he’s untested, because he is. If we were to go back and research to figure out how many guys have been this hyped from finishing guys in the first round and being undefeated, it would take weeks. There’s been upwards of at least a couple hundred, maybe even closer to 500 guys who most people thought would be a star, champion, or both, and ended up with a losing record in the UFC.
I get that everyone wants to be the guy that gets to say “I told you guys, I’ve been saying it from the beginning!” when a prospect turns out to be the real deal. Don’t get me wrong he has looked tremendous, especially against GM3. His skills are unquestionably legit. But there are so many unknowns at this point that I’m not ready to say he’s gonna steamroll a guy like Leon. Leon has been fighting top guys for years. I’m ready to say Khamzat has legit skill and massive potential, and I’m excited to see how far he goes.