Photo: Khamzat Chimaev got absolutely jacked during UFC layoff

Khamzat Chimaev bulking up to prep for UFC middleweights?

By: Anton Tabuena | 2 months ago

Khamzat Chimaev’s middleweight move looks to be well on its way.

The Chechen fighter has been sidelined for almost a year already, and it looks like he spent a lot of that time getting jacked. The undefeated former welterweight posted to twitter (I’m still not calling it X) to show off his new physique.

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 7: Khamzat Chimaev speaks to the media during the UFC 279 media day on September 7, 2022, at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas, NV. (Photo by Amy Kaplan Icon Sportswire) MMA: SEP 07 UFC 279 Icon220907322279
IMAGO / Amy Kaplan / Icon Sportswire

Khamzat Chimaev is bulking up

It’s hard to put too much meaning on one photo, especially after he likely just finished lifting weights. For a somewhat unfair comparison, here’s how Chimaev looked on his last bout when he came in at 180 lbs.

MMA: UFC 279-Chimaev vs Holland, Sep 10, 2022; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Khamzat Chimaev (red gloves) fights Kevin Holland (blue gloves) during UFC 279 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports, 10.09.2022 20:53:50, 19026314, NPStrans, T-Mobile Arena, Holland, Kevin Holland, MMA, TopPic PUBLICATIONxINxGERxSUIxAUTxONLY Copyright: xJoexCamporealex 19026314
Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Khamzat Chimaev’s next fight

After badly missing weight on his last bout against Kevin Holland, that likely ended his chances at a UFC welterweight title shot, Chimaev is now moving up to middleweight. After months of smack talk between the two, Chimaev has finally been booked to fight Paulo Costa.

Chimaev is 12-0, and while he has mostly competed at welterweight, he has also fought at middleweight a couple of times in the UFC. The #7 ranked Costa would be by far his biggest test at 185 lbs though, with a win likely fast tracking him into title contention.

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Anton Tabuena
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Anton Tabuena is the Managing Editor for Bloody Elbow. He’s been covering MMA and combat sports since 2009, and has also fought in MMA, Muay Thai and kickboxing.

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