Andreas Michael was not happy with Khamzat Chimaev’s approach against Gilbert Burns at UFC 273.
Chimaev (11-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) got off to a good start against Burns in Saturday’s pay-per-view main card when he dropped him with a jab. But after Round 1, a game Burns turned it into a dog fight and forced Chimaev to dig deep.
Chimaev obliged, trading punches in a back-and-forth brawl which resulted in both men getting dropped. Visibly upset, Michael was seen screaming at his star pupil and the All Stars Gym Sweden head coach revealed what he told Chimaev at the end of Round 2 in an Instagram post:
“People ask me what i told Khamza end of round 2 this is what i told him ”stop brawling stop having a street fight use your straight punchs and keep it Easy, this is an Easy fight if you dont brawl all you have to do is keep him on your jab and have patience. Dont make it harder than it has to be”
Nothing else was needed just fast jab and sometimes a straight right keeping your distance reach, to not get hit with the hooks. Thats what i demanded from him. I told him to stop giving everyone a show and just keep it boring and simple. To not force anything just be fast and light on hes feet. This was the game plan all along. Easier than Wrestling and Easier than Grappling. In flashes we saw that. Gilbert with all respect is a tough gritty Brave warrior. All the love and respect to him. These guys gave a show to the public. But as a coach i dont Care about the public i Care about the easiest way to the WIN with the minimum damage. Thats My number One job to protect the fighter.
Everyone talks about the hype train is over? How many fighters in the Begining of there carriars not even against top ranked oponents had absolut lack lustered performances in there carriar. Shall i rack Them up?Champions legends list goes on. This means nothing! A famous basketball player told me Once its hard winning Damn hard! My opinion about this is that Khamza was 40% last night cause he went in with the mindset that he Wanted to knock him out and show everyone. Who cares about everyone! People only support and love you when your winning, so the only goal is the WIN! But like a warrior he Wanted a WAR.
I was very upset becuase i believe and know what he can do. You havent even seen that Yet its scary! Learning listening curve.
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Both Chimaev and Burns were exhausted heading into the final frame and after three rounds of battle, Chimaev outlasted Burns on the judges’ scorecards in undeniably the toughest battle of his pro MMA career.