UFC 294: Kamaru suffers 3 consecutive defeats after losing to Russia’s Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev of Russia defeated Kamaru Usman of Nigeria on Saturday to win the UFC middleweight championship title at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, the Capital of the United Arab Emirates.

In the UFC 294 co-main event, Chimaev beat the former welterweight champion on points after being awarded the majority decision with scores of 29-27, 29-27, and 28-28.

The Russian was initially expected to challenge Brazil’s Paulo Costa, who was forced to withdraw on 10 days’ notice due to an elbow injury, which led to Usman stepping in.

The Nigerian fighter held the welterweight title from 2018 to 2022, before moving up to middleweight for the short-notice clash, fighting one of the sport’s most fearsome figures.

“I didn’t come here for the title. I came to make money and be happy,” Chimaev said during his post-fight interview. “I was in a gym two meters wide. I didn’t have food.

“It’s crazy. I love my job and I’m happy today to have money and food for my mom.”

Chimaev has now improved to a perfect 13-0.

Usman (20-4), on the other hand, has now lost three straight fights.

“The Nigerian Nightmare” is on his first career losing streak after defeats to Chimaev and twice to Leon Edwards.

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