The Chimaev Era begins as Khamzat Chimaev wins Fight of the Year.

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Khamzat Chimaev may never be the world's best fighter. He may never win a UFC fight. Neither is impossible, but it won't matter if he doesn't achieve either.

This guy is destined to be a star, and his performance Saturday night in a thrilling battle with Gilbert Burns at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida, put him one step closer.

Russians have not been loved since Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24.

Since the war began, any mention of Russia during a fighter's introduction has been greeted with a raucous boo.

The Octagon erupted when Chimaev, a Russian born in Chechnya, entered to fight Burns. Everything he did was applauded.

The fight was also named Fight of the Night and is a contender for Fight of the Year. When UFC president Dana White got to Fight of the Night, he smirked.

“You shouldn't be here if you don't know what the Fight of the Night is,” he grins.

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