Khamzat Chimaev defeated Gerald Meerschaert by first-round knockout (Zuffa LLC)

The thrilling clash between former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman and rising star Khamzat Chimaev has the mixed martial arts (MMA) world on the edge of their seats. They’ve now been scheduled to fight at UFC 294 on October 21.

The fight has a compelling narrative attached to it, as it presents a potential turning point for both fighters’ careers. Usman, known as “The Nigerian Nightmare”, is looking to bounce back from back-to-back championship losses to current division kingpin, Leon Edwards, after five consecutive title defenses. A victory over Chimaev would undoubtedly put him back in the title contention conversation.

“It’s a fight that Usman wants, that’s no secret,” UFC president Dana White said during the UFC Vegas 73 press conference last weekend. “Usman literally came to the office to lobby for that fight. I told him I love him. Usman is one of the best guys we’ve ever worked with. I love working with the guy. Look at all the things he’s accomplished.”

Kamaru Usman prepares to fight Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event (Zuffa LLC)
Kamaru Usman prepares to fight Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event (Zuffa LLC)

Chimaev, also known as “Borz,” has been a relentless force since he arrived in the UFC. He has competed at welterweight, middleweight, and even at a catchweight of 180 pounds, with a flawless record across multiple weight classes. A win over a seasoned veteran like Usman would firmly establish Chimaev as a serious contender for the title.

And Usman and Chimaev have been campaigning for the fight for quite some time now.

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Khamzat Chimaev awaits his opponent inside the UFC Octagon (Zuffa LLC)
Khamzat Chimaev awaits his opponent inside the UFC Octagon (Zuffa LLC)

Usman vs. Chimaev Betting Odds

Khamzat Chimaev-290BetUS
Kamaru Usman+220BetUS

In betting terms, Chimaev being at -290 means that you would need to wager $290 to win $100, while Usman at +220 indicates that a $100 bet could return $220. This implies a 65.52% probability of Chimaev winning and a 41.67% probability for Usman.

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How to bet on Usman vs. Chimaev

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  1. Click here to visit the BetUS website.
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  3. Navigate to the UFC/MMA section.
  4. Find the fight listing for Usman vs. Chimaev.
  5. Choose your preferred fighter and place your bet.

Note that these early lines are exclusive to BetUS and are part of their “special futures” section, showcasing odds for anticipated fights.

Fight Breakdown

Let’s take a look at the statistics of both fighters:

Tale of the Tape

Tale of the TapeKhamzat ChimaevKamaru Usman
Weight170 lbs170 lbs

Chimaev boasts an impressive undefeated record and an edge in height over Usman. However, Usman has a slight advantage in reach.


FighterSignificant Strikes Landed per MinuteSignificant Strike AccuracySignificant Strikes Absorbed per MinuteSignificant Strike Defence
Khamzat Chimaev7.3059%3.9841%
Kamaru Usman4.4652%2.7554%

When analyzing the striking statistics, Khamzat Chimaev stands out for landing a remarkable 7.30 significant strikes per minute, considerably higher than Usman’s 4.46. However, Chimaev absorbs more significant strikes per minute (3.98) compared to Usman (2.75), indicating a higher offensive but potentially riskier style of fighting.

On the other hand, Usman boasts a superior significant strike defense of 54%, versus Chimaev’s 41%, which can play a crucial role in minimizing the damage taken from his opponent’s attacks. While Chimaev’s striking accuracy stands at 59%, Usman’s is slightly lower at 52%, yet still impressive.


FighterTakedowns Landed per 15 MinutesTakedown AccuracyTakedown DefenseAverage Submissions Attempted per 15 Minutes
Khamzat Chimaev3.9857%100%3.5
Kamaru Usman2.9645%97%0.1

In the grappling department, Chimaev appears dominant with an average of 3.98 takedowns per 15 minutes compared to Usman’s 2.96. His takedown accuracy of 57% surpasses Usman’s 45%, and Chimaev has a perfect 100% takedown defense although Usman has clearly defended against a higher number of takedowns with an impressive 97% defense rate.

Chimaev also showcases a more aggressive submission game, attempting an average of 3.5 submissions per 15 minutes. In contrast, Usman, known for his control-oriented grappling, attempts a modest 0.1 submissions on average.

Overall, this potential match-up promises a thrilling contest, bringing together two elite fighters with contrasting styles. All statistics have been sourced from UFC Stats.

Final Thoughts

The fight between Khamzat Chimaev and Kamaru Usman brings together two fierce competitors, each with his unique strengths. Chimaev, the welterweight boogieman with impressive striking and grappling stats, versus Usman, the former champion, known for his strategic fighting and robust defense.

If you are inclined to place a wager on this high-stakes bout, remember that the best odds currently available are -290 for Chimaev and +220 for Usman at BetUS.

Finally, we want to hear from you. Who do you think has the edge in this potential bout? Do you agree with the odds, or do you see an upset in the making?

Share your thoughts and predictions in the comments below.

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