“We All Shouldn’t Keep Quiet”: UFC Star Khamzat Chimaev Condemns Burning of Quran by Far-Right Politician in Sweden

Afnan Chougle
|Published 23/01/2023

UFC star Khamzat Chimaev has been one of the most talked about fighters since his arrival at the UFC. He made his UFC debut back in 2020 and now, nearly three years later, he is undefeated in the company in his six fights.



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A post shared by Khamzat Chimaev (@khamzat_chimaev)

While Khamzat Chimaev certainly likes to stay away from politics and does not voice his religious opinions, he did not hold back recently when a politician disrespected Islam. The UFC welterweight star is a Sunni Muslim and practices his religion. Thus, Chimaev voiced his opinion on the controversy.

Khamzat Chimaev condemns the burning of the Quran by far-right politician

A far-right politician, Rasmus Paludan, did the horrible act of burning the holy Quran in Sweden in front of Turkey’s embassy in Stockholm. Several Islamic countries have condemned the incident. Moreover, several notable personalities have also raised their voice about such a disrespectful incident. One of them is UFC star Khamzat Chimaev.

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Following the incident, Khamzat Chimaev took to Instagram to share a post, expressing his disregard for such an act. It is worth noting that he is a Sunni Muslim and a Swedish citizen himself. Chimaev spoke about how he has never been against any religion and called the politician a terrorist for burning the Quran.



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A post shared by Khamzat Chimaev (@khamzat_chimaev)

Moreover, the UFC welterweight fighter also urged the people to not stay quiet following this incident. He said, “We all shouldn’t keep quiet. You call us brothers so show us some respect”

It is worth noting that this act was even disregarded by the Prime Minister of Sweden as well. He even expressed his sympathy for the people whose beliefs were disrespected by Rasmus Paludan.

Can Chimaev become the UFC welterweight champion?

As mentioned earlier, Chimaev has been on a tear since his arrival at the UFC. He has beaten guys like Gilbert Burns in the welterweight division and certainly stands as one of the top contenders in the division. Moreover, he is backed by many to win the championship in the 175lb division.

However, his last fight against Kevin Holland might have changed his trajectory a bit. His last fight was in the middleweight division, as he failed to make weight. He looked at home performing at a higher weight class. That said, it remains to be seen as to where Khamzat Chimaev will fight upon his return to the octagon.

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What do you guys think is next for Khamzat Chimaev? What is your reaction to his post?






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Afnan Chougle

Afnan Chougle

Afnan Chougle is a UFC author and content manager at The SportsRush. Afnan has written over 900 articles about combat sports before joining The SportsRush. He has now worked in the industry for over two years. He uses his expertise and enthusiasm to advance his professional career and offers insightful commentary on anything related to combat sports. Since UFC 229, Khabib Nurmagomedov fan Afnan has faithfully followed MMA. Besides "The Eagle," Muhammad Ali is his favorite athlete. Apart from his professional exploits as a UFC journalist, Afnan enjoys honing his skills as an amateur actor/boxer and loves going on occasional treks.

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