Khamzat Chimaev will take down Alex Pereira ‘within 30 seconds’ according to Darren Till

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Ever since Alex Pereira shocked the world with his fifth-round knockout of Israel Adesanya at UFC 281, everyone wants a piece of the new middleweight champion, including undefeated monster Khamzat Chimaev.

From the moment Pereira strapped the title around his waist, ‘Borz’ has been chomping at the bit to get a meeting with the Brazilian kickboxer. Taking to Twitter, Chimaev called a fight with Alex Pereira “easy money” and says that he can be ready to fight in Brazil when the promotion returns to Rio in January.

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In an appearance on Michael Bisping’s YouTube channel, Darren Till, Khamzat Chimaev’s close friend and training partner, discussed a potential showdown between Alex Pereira and Khamzat Chimaev, saying:

“His wrestling is, you know, obviously, he’s young in the sport,” Till said. “I mean, I’ve seen that Khamzat called him out and I was like, oh my God, Khamzat will definitely take him down within 30 seconds. Okay, it’s a fight but, like that’s not a fight that Pereira is ready for.”

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If things go Khamzat Chimaev’s way, he’ll have a very busy first quarter of 2023. Already slated to return against welterweight gatekeeper Colby Covington, ‘Borz’ wants to challenge Alex Pereria for the middleweight title this January before making a quick turnaround to take on Covington in a March bout rumored to take place at UFC 285.

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“I’m ready for Pereira, too, in Brazil, and directly after that March if Colby wanna fight,” Chimaev told ESPN. “So I think I might fight for the title 84 (kgs) and then go down to 77 (kgs) and fight Colby as well.

“Who’s fighting in Brazil? I don’t understand. It’s not that good of an event so if they let us fight, it will be a big event.”

As exciting as that sounds, the UFC appears to be moving towards a rematch between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya in 2023.

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