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Midnight Mania! Darren Till predicts Khamzat knocks out Covington, ‘Khamzat’s got so much power’

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Khamzat Chimaev dominated his first few UFC fights so easily that we didn’t really know all that much about the Chechen talent besides the obvious. Yes, “Borz” is a great wrestler with top-shelf grappling, but how’s the rest of his game stack up to the Welterweight elite? His 15-minute war vs. Gilbert Burns provided quite a bit more info than previous fights ... although there’s still debate in the fallout (because of stupid people).

One thing is certain, however: Khamzat can crack! His knockout of Gerald Meerschaert was a solid statement on its own, but dropping Burns with a jab and generally walking him down with strikes really proved a lot about Chimaev’s ability to hold his own in the pocket. Ahead of his highly anticipated (but unbooked) bout vs. Colby Covington, training partner Darren Till expects that power to be the difference-maker.

“I would like to see him fight Colby in a five-round main event, and I think that’s the best thing for both guys,” Till told Submission Radio (via MMAJunkie). “I think Khamzat can knock him out. I don’t think Colby’s felt power like Khamzat. Like, I’ve changed my opinion a bit because Colby’s a good fighter, but I just don’t see who he’s fighting who’s at the top of the level right now.

“Obviously Usman, but like, there’s no one (else). Khamzat’s obviously come up real quick. I just think Khamzat’s got so much power and edge over him. Listen, Colby’s a terrific fighter. He’s phenomenal, but I see the win there with Khamzat, and I’d love to see that to get him ready for the title for Usman.”

If Chimaev can indeed knock out Covington, it would be a massive statement, and a title shot would absolutely be the next step. At the same time, “Chaos” is no pushover, and he’s historically held up well in scraps with heavy-handed fighters like Robbie Lawler and Tyron Woodley.

Let’s hope this match up happens sooner than later.

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Max Holloway tied the knot!

Slips, rips, and KO clips

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Saenchai toe stabbing the bejesus out of somebody:

Karate Combat looks real nice in super slow-mo.

Random Land

Sturgeon are freaking cool.

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