Odds for Khamzat Chimaev vs. Kamaru Usman Released Following UFC 267
Khamzat Chimaev has opened as an underdog against Kamaru Usman for a possible UFC welterweight championship fight.
Sweden’s Chimaev pulled off a stunning first-round submission victory over Li Jingliang to make it 10-0 in the pro ranks.
Although he has been considered a future contender for some time, “Borz” could find himself inside the cage with Usman depending on the result of the champion’s bout with Colby Covington this Saturday.
Let’s see the odds.
Chimaev vs. Usman Odds – Is a Fight on the Horizon?
BetOnline currently has Chimaev as an underdog against the reigning UFC welterweight champion, Usman.
A $100 bet on the Swede returns a profit of $170.
Usman, who has not lost a fight since May 2013, is a strong favorite to win what is a hypothetical fight at this stage.
The fight could happen as early as next year, however, if Usman beats Covington this weekend. Should he lose, he will more than likely be tied to a trilogy fight with “Chaos,” but that would — barring injuries, suspensions, or unforeseen circumstances — happen in early 2022.
This makes for an interesting scenario either way.
For context, Covington is currently priced at +235 ahead of his grudge match with “The Nigerian” nightmare at Madison Square Garden in New York.
That means that Chimaev is, as things stand, deemed a bigger risk to the champion’s reign than his most bitter rival.
Although he has shown a lot of promise, the price for Khamzat Chimaev to beat one of the best 170-pounders of all time does appear a little… short.
Could Chimaev Fight McGregor?
Since arriving in the UFC in 2020, Borz has made a name for himself with four straight stoppages.
Three of them have come in the first round.
With the hype train running at full steam, a long list of potential opponents for Chimaev has been passed around by MMA fans. Unsurprisingly, one of those names is the promotion’s greatest star, Conor McGregor.
At least not yet, given he is currently unranked. That will likely change when the official UFC standings are updated on November 2, however.
But will the surging prospect’s comments about “The Notorious” make it easier for the Dubliner to pass on the opportunity to fight?
Chimaev has not been named among the odds for McGregor’s next opponent in 2021, but their names could be linked if the former continues to make waves in the promotion.
Will Chimaev Get a Title Shot in 2022?
Khamzat Chimaev has fought twice at both welterweight and middleweight in the UFC.
Needless to say, we could see him competing for both titles at some point in the future. However, the promotion’s top brass will likely insist on the native of Beno-Yurt sticking to welterweight for the foreseeable in order to rank him.
If Usman gets the job done against Colby Covington, it’s feasible that Chimaev will get his hands on a title shot at 170-pounds.
Although the likes of #3 and #4 ranked contenders Leon Edwards and Vicente Luque might not be best pleased.