Chimaev 'needed adversity' in narrow win over Burns, says GSP

Khamzat Chimaev ‘needed adversity’ in narrow win over Gilbert Burns because ‘he was going through opponents like butter’, claims UFC legend Georges St-Pierre

  • Khamzat Chimaev overcame Gilbert Burns in his toughest fight to date 
  • Chechen-born rising star won controversial decision and had to battle hard 
  • Georges St-Pierre ultimately believes the brutal nature of it will help him  
  • He said: ‘You can’t always go in there and try to trade blows with someone’

Khamzat Chimaev ‘needed adversity’ in the narrow win over Gilbert Burns to teach him valuable lessons, claims Georges St-Pierre. 

The legendary former welterweight and middleweight champion has been tracking Chimaev’s progress and says the Chechen-born fighter will improve for the experience. 

He took a controversial decision win over the Brazilian at UFC 273, surviving a heavy knockdown to come through and have his hand raised. 

Khamzat Chimaev came through to win a decision at UFC 273 in Jacksonville

Gilbert Burns survived being rocked and also knocked Chimaev down in the second round

GSP noted how easy life in the UFC had seemed to Chimaev up until this point in comparison. 

He told MMA News: ‘I think it was a great fight for him. He needed this because he went through everybody a little bit like butter. 

‘You need some adversity sometimes and in the adversity, you get better and improve. So I think it was a good fight for him.

‘It’s not good to get hit in the head. I like to watch him fight but I don’t think he fought the smartest fight.’

He added: ‘I think he could have made it easier for himself. He’s just used to going through everybody like this but you can’t fight like this at the elite level. 

‘You need to prepare, to gameplan and to become the perfect nemesis for your opponent. You can’t always go in there and try to trade blows with someone like this.’

The excitement surrounding Chimaev has cooled slightly and he may not be the all-conquering star many expected him to be just yet, although he remains undefeated. 

There are plenty of improvements to be made before he takes on the likes of Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington but the 27-year-old has a huge future in the sport. 

He has previously spoken about moving up to middleweight and there are numerous options for him in both divisions. 

Chimaev is now ranked No 3 at 170-pounds and he could even fight the winner of Leon Edwards’ expected shot at Usman later this year.

Chimaev was disappointed by the mistakes he made against Gilbert Burns despite winning

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