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Sorry, but ‘King’ Kamaru Usman won’t sweat from Khamzat Chimaev’s rapid rise – ‘I’ll wait’

Undefeated UFC welterweight phenom Khamzat Chimaev is the talk of the town at 170lbs, having come through the competition over the past two years and racking up a 4-0 record with four finishes, two by knockout and two per submission.

Don’t expect reigning welterweight champion Kamaru Usman to look over his shoulder just yet.

“There’s a reason there’s a structure to getting here,” Usman told “The Jim Rome Show” (via MMA Junkie). “He’s done well with the opposition he’s been presented with and by the time he gets here, once he gets here, of course we’ll have that conversation. But I’m the champion. I’m the best pound for pound to the world, I’m king of the castle.

Despite his meteoric rise, 27-year-old Chimaev (10-0) has yet to face (or defeat) a Top 10 welterweight. That’s not meant to diminish his accomplishments, but we don’t yet know how “Borz” would handle the gripping play of someone like Stephen Thompson, or handle the struggle of a top contender like Colby Covington.

“Everyone wants a piece of me, so that’s good. I like it,” Usman continued. “There was a time when I was coming up and I just couldn’t get those fights. I couldn’t get the next guy to step in with me, but now that I’m on top I don’t have to. These guys have to call me, and these guys have to come see me. So when they get here, I’ll be here waiting.

Usman, currently ranked No. 1 in the world at welterweight and pound-for-pound, is recovering from hand surgery and is set to face No. 3-ranked Leon Edwards later this year. As for Chimaev, he has been linked with a potential fight against Gilbert Burns in April; however, the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.