Khamzat Chimaev Announces His Return

Chimaev said in a cryptic post on social media in early March. “Yes, I know that I didn’t take the belt, but this is not the most important victory in this life. It may upset you, but my heart and body tell me everything.”⠀

Photos of a bloody sink and reports from Chimaev’s manager that the fighter had been struggling hard to regain his former fitness while still dealing with long-term symptoms of the disease – including fever, headaches, and muscle pain – were all signs that COVID was taking a heavy toll on the 26-year-old.⠀

Still, shortly after Chimaev’s retirement announcement, Dana White denied that the streaking prospect was walking away from MMA. “He wants to fight like every f-cking weekend, and now he can’t even train. So he just got emotional and posted that. But he ain’t quitting,” White told reporters of ‘Borz’’s condition.⠀

If pressure from the UFC boss wasn’t enough, Chimaev also got some stern words from none other than Chechyn dictator Ramzan Kadyrov. “I told him that ALL Chechens were upset by this news. I reminded Chimaev that the youth, whom he inspires, are pinning their hopes and expectations on his success…” Kadyrov wrote in a message on social media.⠀

So perhaps it’s a little less than surprising then that the UFC welterweight took to social media on Tuesday, March 23rd, to make it clear that his days as a professional fighter were, indeed, not over.

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