There has been a laundry list of rumored opponents for Chimaev, littered with big names such as Demian Maia, Stephen Thompson, Chris Weidman and Neil Magny. The truth is that Chimaev doesn’t care about who his next fight is or where it is; he believes his destiny is to fight for titles at both welterweight and middleweight.

And he expects those fights with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and middleweight champion Israel Adesanya to happen sooner than later.

“I think two more fights…it doesn’t matter for me. Both guys, maybe both same day, both fights we’ll see,” Chimaev told Hardy with a chuckle.

So what exactly is it that makes Chimaev the next big thing? What is the secret to his success? For Chimaev, the answer is simple. He just wants it more than anyone else.

“I see in the fight when they are fighting against me, I see how much they want it and I see how much I want it,” Chimaev said. “I’m going to smash everybody. Like I say, my future is I smash everybody. Soon I’m going to get this belt.”


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