(Video) Hold up – Khamzat Chimaev without beard is real? Compare Meme vs Reality

Khamzat Chimaev is one of the biggest stars on UFC 279 – and that’s saying something considering the card is also featuring seasoned veterans Tony Ferguson and Nate Diaz.

Still the 28 year old Swede is a hot topic thanks to a streak of dominant appearances he’s had in the cage.

Chimaev had made UFC history soon after his debut, opting to compete again just 10 days after his UFC debut. In the time since he also made an impression snatching body lock on Li Jingliang and carrying him off to where Dana White was seated in order to have a conversation.

But many fans are captivated by viral details from his life covering everything from his gruesome lip scar to his beard.

This is an image that’s often featured in memes online however this is actually just a joke generated by fans.

But rest assured, we actually tracked down the real photographic evidence of Chimaev without a beard.

While the internet wasn’t too far off with the estimate, Chimaev is definitely more true to image when he’s sporting a full bush beard.

The chinstrap type beard he sports is tied to his religion.

There are several Hadith passages that tell us the reason why Muhammad shaved off his mustache and let his beard grow, and why he told his followers to do so as well. This is one of them:

Sahih Muslim Volume 1, Book 2, Hadith 501—Abu Huraira reported: The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him) said: Trim closely the mustache, and grow beard, and thus act against the fire-worshippers.


Interestingly Muhammad also encouraged his disciples to dye their beards, however this isn’t particularly common nowadays.

Sahih al-Bukhari Vol. 4, Book 56, Hadith 668—Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah’s Apostle said, “The Jews and the Christians do not dye their grey hair, so you shall do the opposite of what they do.”