Khamzat Chimaev’s coach gave important instructions ahead of the finals against Gilbert Burns

Chimaev admitted he made a mistake trying to knock out Burns in their UFC 273 fight and the Chechen’s coach asked him to stop the brawling before the final round

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Chamzat Chimaev ‘s trainer told his fighter to stop the brawl before the final round of his bout with Gilbert Burns.

Chimaev extended his unbeaten record to 11 fights last weekend by overtaking Burns in a thrilling fight at UFC 273. The fight was even after two rounds, but Chimaev did enough in the final round to win and earn the nods on all three judges’ scorecards.

The Chechen’s head coach Andreas Michael was furious with Chimaev after the second round and slammed down an ice pack in frustration while guessing at his fighter. Michael revealed that he begged Chimaev to stop fighting Burns and be smarter in the final round.

“People ask me what I said to Khamzat at the end of the second round,” Michael wrote. “That’s what I told him: ‘Stop fighting, stop street fighting, use your straight punches and keep it loose. This is an easy fight if you’re not fighting, all you have to do is to keep him on your jab and have patience don’t make it harder on yourself than it has to be.

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“Nothing else was needed, just a quick jab and sometimes a straight right hand to keep your distance to avoid getting hit by the hooks. That’s what I asked him to do. I told him to stop putting on a show for everyone give, and just keep it boring and simple.

“Don’t force anything, just be quick and light on your feet. That’s been the game plan all along. Easier than wrestling and easier than grappling, we saw that in a flash. Gilbert, with all due respect, is a tough, brave warrior.

“All the love and respect for him. These guys put on a show for the public, but as a coach, I don’t care about the public. I’m interested in the easiest way to win with minimal damage. That’s my main job, to protect the fighter.”

Khamzat Chimaev won a brave decision against Gilbert Burns

Despite being outclassed by Burns in the last round, Michael’s advice paid off for Chimaev as “Borz” moved up to 3rd in the welterweight rankings after his win. The 27-year-old has only had five fights in his UFC career but is likely a win from a welterweight title fight nonetheless.

UFC boss Dana White is hoping to book Chimaev next against No. 1 contender Colby Covington. Former interim champion Covington previously dismissed Chimaev due to his lack of promotion experience, but White is adamant the duel will be a “big fight”.

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