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Midnight Mania! Darren Stewart needed dental work after training with Khamzat Chimaev

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Khamzat Chimaev has a ton of hype behind him. The Swedish immigrant by way of Chechnya debuted in July, won two dominant fights in 10 days, then picked up the best win of his career a couple months later. His rocket ride to the top of the Welterweight and Middleweight division was briefly interrupted by COVID-19, which delayed his big step up in competition vs. Leon Edwards from December 19 to January 20, 2021.

At the moment, the primary knock against Chimaev is that he’s yet to face top-flight competition. Fortunately, all other signs point to his talent, and that’s starting to include gym stories. Longtime UFC Middleweight Darren Stewart vouched for Chimaev in a conversation with AbzTalks, detailing an experience in how Chimaev damaged “The Dentist’s” tooth!

“I know people sit there and say he hasn’t fought certain people,” Stewart said (transcription via MMA Junkie). “He hasn’t yet. But look here, bro, the guy took a filling out of my tooth, just by cranking my neck.

“He’s so strong, bruv. You could sit there and say, ‘It’s not about strength,’ and this. Brother, he’s so technical and so strong. “I was grappling with him, and my ear ripped. Then, he had to come put tape around my head. It was mad.”

Ahead of Chimaev’s bout with Edwards, Stewart didn’t offer a prediction, but he merely expects a great fight.

“I’m not saying Leon can’t beat him,” Stewart said. “We haven’t seen him fight people like that … I’ve seen what he does. He’s not a guy to mess with. But in this game, yeah, MMA is MMA, and anything can happen. So I’ve heard from Fabian that Leon is a bad man, and I’ve seen that Khamzat is a bad man, so it’s going to be a good matchup.”

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Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.