IT’S a bitter chill to take for Khamzat Chimaev as he battles through a Boot Camp in minus 10C degrees and struggles to find an opponent brave enough to fight him.
The unbeaten star launched his UFC welterweight championship assault with a grrrrr-uelling training regime in the Swedish wilds.Chechen-born Swede Khamzat Chimaev has shot up to world No11 but faces a headache in persuading rivals to take him on[/caption]
And the fierce dedication of the sub-zero hero showed why rivals have been freezing him out.
Even UFC boss Dana White sympathises with 170lb opponents staying away from Chimaev.
“He’s a killer, he’s an absolute savage and I don’t blame anybody for not wanting to fight Khamzat Chimaev.”
Chimaev posted a video on Instagram as he ran and shadow-boxed in snowy woods with Russian training partner and coach Reza Madadi.
The duo were dressed in full extreme-winter clothing despite their exhausting antics at and around the Allstars Training Centre.
Madadi is seen saying: “It’s very cold – Russian cold.
“Brother, nothing can stop us. We have one goal. And you need to work hard for it.”
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According to Madadi, the duo were about to run three kilometres FIVE TIMES, with stops inbetween for exercise routines.
Chimaev is hungry to build on his 4-0 record.
After bursting onto the scene on Fight Island two years ago, he broke into the welterweight top 15 with a shutdown triumph over durable Chinese striker Li Jingliang
American superstar Nate Diaz, 36, is among those to have swerved world No11 Chimaev.
And White is sure that’s because the Californian wants to stay safe rather than Diaz’s claim that he doesn’t want to face such a ‘rookie.