Whittaker's trainer reveals inspiration in Brazilian fighter's strategy for duel with Chimaev

Carlos Prates, coach of the former champion, said he will follow a similar strategy to Gilbert Durinho for the duel on June 22

Khamzat Chimaev fighting Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFCKorea

Khamzat Shimaev in fight against Kamaru Usman No. UFC 294. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram/UFCKorea

Robert whittaker e Khamzat Shimaev will be the protagonists of the first edition of UFC Saudi Arabia, scheduled for June 22nd. Trainer of the former middleweight champion (up to 83,9kg), Rafael Prates said he already had the strategy drawn up for the confrontation and revealed that he was inspired by a Brazilian fighter who faced the UAE star recently.

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“The last two fights, especially against 'Durinho', the fight against Gilbert Burns, I need to thank him for the project. I watched the fight so many times. I think he gave a very clear path to victory by starting strong, being very aggressive from the guard, being very aggressive on the feet. In the fight with Kamaru Usman, and I'm sure Usman is thinking about it right now, if he could come back and start this fight at a higher pace, he would. This is the mistake we don't want to make at all. Let's start strong. He starts 100%, we start 110%”, said the coach.

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Khamzat Shimaev e Gilbert Durinho faced each other in UFC 273, held in April 2022. The star, who had won every duel in his career by knockout or submission, until then, had to go to deep waters to defeat the Brazilian in a tight unanimous decision by the judges.

On June 22nd, at UFC Saudi Arabia, Robert whittaker e Khamzat Shimaev will compete in the main fight of the show. The winner of the clash should be confirmed as the next challenger for the middleweight belt.

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