BRAVE Combat Federation athlete Khamzat “Borz” Chimaev, 25, of Sweden continues to pile up awards for a historic rise to the top ahead of the first world title shot of his career, which has been postponed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. The undefeated Chechen-Swedish mixed martial artist recently received a recognition in his home country.
Holding a professional MMA record of 6 wins and 0 loss, Chimaev competes in the welterweight division. On March 21, 2020, he was elected by the Swedish Martial Arts Association as the Breakthrough Athlete of the Year, beating champions in karate and kickboxing.
BRAVE CF was supposed to hold “BRAVE CF 37” at the Solnahallen in Stockholm, Sweden on April 18, 2020 in association with AK Fighting Championships but it was postponed until further notice. In the main event, Chimaev was set to challenge reigning BRAVE CF Welterweight Champion Jarrah “The Jordanian Lion” Al-Selawe, 26, of Jordan.
Chimaev has recently been widely recognized as arguably the biggest prospect in European MMA pound-for-pound. His meteoric rise came at the expense of six adversaries, who have all been finished by him.
Training at the world-renowned AllStars Training Center in Stockholm, Chimaev made his BRAVE CF debut at “BRAVE CF 18” in Bahrain on November 16, 2018. He knocked out Marko Kisič, 28, of Austria.
At “BRAVE CF 20,” Chimaev went up to middleweight on short notice for the first main event of his career. Fighting in India, he knocked out Sidney “The All-American Kid” Wheeler, 23, of the United States.
On April 19, 2019, Chimaev knocked out Ikram Aliskerov, 27, of Russia at “BRAVE CF 23” in Jordan. The undefeated Chechen-Swedish MMA fighter submitted Mzwandile “Shakebone” Hlongwa, 29, of South Africa, earning the former a title shot.
While “BRAVE CF 37” has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both Chimaev and Al-Selawe continued to build up the fight with trash talk on the internet. When it is rescheduled, the bout promises to be the biggest of the year in Sweden.