Khamzat Chimaev has become one of the more talked-about fighters at 170-pounds in the UFC, running through his first four opponents in the UFC (with one of those fights being at 185-pounds).
Chimaev, as aggressive a wrestler as he is, has yet to meet any type of stern resistance in a UFC cage and Kavanagh, head coach of SBG Ireland and long time trainer of Gunnar Nelson, says that the Icelander would be an ideal next opponent for the surging contender.
Nelson is one of the foremost grapplers in the recent history of the UFC’s welterweight fold, with 12 of his 17 wins coming by way of submission, and owns impressive wins against the likes of Alex Oliveira, Alan Jouban, Albert Tumenov and several others in his nine-year UFC tenure.
And as Kavanagh wrote on Twitter, he would be as excited as anyone to see Nelson and Chimaev throw down.
its been very interesting watching the rise of the uber talented and charismatic @KChimaev . @ufc is coming to London in March. as a fan i’d love to see him fight @GunniNelson . short flight to london for both of them….what you guys think? @seanshelby @HalliNelson
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) November 23, 2021
“It’s been very interesting watching the rise of the uber talented and charismatic [Khamzat Chimaev],” Kavanagh wrote. “UFC is coming to London in March. As a fan I’d love to see him fight [Gunnar Nelson]. Short flight to London for both of them… What you guys think?”
Nelson hasn’t fought in a little over than two years but recent word filtering out from his training base in Iceland suggests that he may be close to taking on another challenge in the UFC. Chimaev, meanwhile, has also been linked to a fight with another of the welterweight division’s most impressive submission specialists in Gilbert Burns.
Will John Kavanagh get his wish? Time will tell.