Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimaev took the spotlight at UFC 294 due to Paulo Costa’s absence. This short-notice bout promised to deliver fireworks, with the added intrigue of Usman moving up to the 185lbs division.
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In the opening round, Chimaev immediately sought a takedown, putting the pressure on Usman. The former welterweight champ showcased impressive defensive skills and balance, but Chimaev managed to sweep Usman’s leg, eventually taking his back. With hooks in and hammer fists raining down, Usman was in a precarious position, but he hung on. Chimaev attempted a rear-naked choke but slipped higher on Usman’s back. The round ended with Usman back on his feet, still carrying Chimaev on his back.
The second round saw Usman looking to shift momentum in his favor. He successfully avoided early takedowns, landing some strikes, including a jab and a right hand, with a follow-up leg kick. But Chimaev soon executed a perfect takedown attempt. Usman managed to defend himself, but Chimaev didn’t have enough time to capitalize on the position.
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In the third round, the stand-up action opened up. Both fighters landed significant strikes, with Usman slipping at one point but swiftly regaining his footing. Usman attempted a takedown, giving Chimaev some breathing room. Chimaev later tried a takedown of his own, eventually succeeding in putting Usman on his back. The two remained in this position for most of the round, engaging in wild exchanges in the final 30 seconds.
USMAN AND CHIMAEV END THE FIGHT SWINGING
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The only regret of the fight was that it was limited to three rounds, as both fighters seemed to have more to give. In the end, Khamzat Chimaev secured a majority decision victory, a result that didn’t generate much dispute.
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Official Result: Khamzat Chimaev def. Kamaru Usman by majority decision (29-27, 29-27, 28-28)
The fight between Kamaru Usman and Khamzat Chimaev lived up to its billing and left fans eagerly anticipating the next chapters in both fighters’ careers.