Rising UFC star Khamzat Chimaev has told top welterweight contender Belal Muhammad he would only need "one minute" to "take his head".
Chimaev has been called out by Muhammad after he broke into the top five at 170-pounds following his decision win against Stephen Thompson.
'Borz' has been struggling to find an opponent after submitting Li Jingliang at UFC 267 in October, picking up his fourth win in the UFC.
The Chechen broke onto the scene by setting records for the fastest consecutive wins and fastest three-fight winning streak in modern UFC history last year.
And Chimaev quoted now-retired UFC great Khabib Nurmagomedov whilst replying to Muhammad's call-out.
“You number one bull****, I need one minute to take your head," he wrote to Muhammad on Twitter.
Chimaev also took aim at Muhammad's no-contest decision against Leon Edwards earlier this year, with the American being left unable to continue after an accidental eye poke.
He wrote: "When you got a finger in your eye you gave up, how you even gonna think to fight me? Bull**** boy."
Muhammad – who is unbeaten in his last seven UFC appearances – also called for fights with Edwards and Colby Covington after his recent win.
But a fight with Chimaev marks the chance to derail one of the UFC's hottest prospects, something that excites Muhammad.
He told MMA Fighting : “He has that push from the UFC, where they think that he could be a champion and they think that he’s the next guy," he continued.
"You go out there and beat a guy like that, you steal all of his hype, all of his shine. Then you just beat the boogeyman.”
"Do I think that he’s this pay-per-view star because of those four wins? No. But the UFC does. If they think that, then I’m the one that’s going to have to put a stop to it.”
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Chimaev sits at No.11 in the UFC welterweight rankings, meaning a fight with Muhammad is something of a step back for the American.
But Muhammad thinks a win against Chimaev is more valuable than a win against an opponent ranked higher than him.
He continued: “To me, rankings don’t mean anything. It’s about hype. It’s about who the UFC wants to push and who’s that guy? Who’s that [Conor] McGregor now? Who’s that next big star?
"As we saw last year with [Jorge] Masvidal, where it’s like, you don’t have to be No. 2 to get the title shot. You don’t have to be No. 1 to get the title shot.
“It’s about who’s getting that push right now in that right moment. Right now in that right moment, [with] Khamzat, you get the most hype from beating a guy like him than anybody [else] honestly.”
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