UFC star Khamzat Chimaev recently shed light on the origins of his widely recognized catchphrase, “smash everybody.” The 29-year-old Swede explained that the language barrier played a significant role in the birth of this iconic phrase.
In the realm of mixed martial arts, Khamzat Chimaev has swiftly emerged as one of the most formidable competitors in the UFC. Despite his relatively short tenure in the sport, Chimaev has rapidly ascended through the UFC rankings, showcasing his aggressive wrestling skills. With an unblemished record of 12 matches, he has solidified his position as a rising star.
Chimaev’s most recent appearance in the octagon dates back to September of the previous year when he faced Kevin Holland in a catchweight bout. From the moment the match commenced, Chimaev effortlessly manhandled Holland, eventually submitting him in the first round. The victory solidified Chimaev’s position at number 4 in the welterweight rankings.
Alongside his formidable wrestling prowess, Chimaev has become well-known for his catchphrase, “smash everybody,” which he frequently employs in interviews and on social media. Given his similarities to former lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov in terms of origin and style, many assumed that Chimaev had adopted the catchphrase from his fellow countryman.
However, it is evident that Nurmagomedov did not utilize this catchphrase as frequently as Chimaev does. In an interview with John Morgan, Chimaev humorously explained that he resorts to the catchphrase as a fallback whenever he encounters language difficulties while speaking English.
“My English is not so perfect, brother. I can only say ‘big bullsh*t,’ ‘big drama show,’ and ‘smash everybody.’ When I don’t understand somebody, like when reporters give me challenging questions, I simply say ‘smash everybody.’ It’s a versatile response that fits any situation, you know,” Chimaev elaborated.
While fans eagerly anticipate Chimaev’s return to the octagon following his victory over Kevin Holland, the details of his next bout remain unconfirmed.
Although rumors circulated about potential matchups against Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa, it appears that the UFC has alternate plans for Chimaev. In the meantime, former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman has expressed interest in facing off against Chimaev, potentially setting the stage for a thrilling showdown in the future.