Manager Ali Abdelaziz Gives a Huge Update About Khamzat Chimaev’s UFC Return

Published 03/24/2021, 6:15 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: (L-R) Opponents Khamzat Chimaev of Czechia and Rhys McKee of Northern Ireland face off during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Khamzat ‘BORZ’ Chimaev is a UFC fighter who is the ‘next big thing’, according to UFC President Dana White. The 26-year-old Swedish fighter has a spectacular record of 9-0-0 (W-L-D) with 6 wins via knockout and 3 wins via submission in the middleweight and welterweight divisions.

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Chimaev was scheduled to fight Leon Edwards in December 2020 in the welterweight division, but Leon tested positive for COVID-19. So they rescheduled the fight and set it to January 2021. Except this time, Khamzat tested positive for COVID-19. So they pushed the fight even further and scheduled it for March. Still, Chimaev had some lingering physical effects of COVID-19, so the UFC had no choice but to cancel their fight.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Khamzat Chimaev of Czechia poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Khamzat Chimaev announces his retirement

A while ago, Khamzat Chimaev took it to Instagram and announced his retirement. He thanked all of his fans and his promotion team for their support throughout his career.

“I want to say thank you all so much for supporting me in my journey in this sport. I think I’m done, yes I know I didn’t take the belt, but it’s not the most important victory in this life, it may upset you but my heart and body tell me everything. I want to say thank you to my team (allstarsgymsweden), I want to say a big thank you to UFC.”

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Chimaev’s comeback announcement

Recently, on 23 March, Chimaev’s promoter Ali Abdelaziz, also the CEO of Dominance MMA Management, took it to Twitter to say, “The wolf been in the mountain plotting coming to you in the summer #Hungrywolf”. 

According to Khamzat Chimaev’s promoter’s tweet, Chimaev is to make a comeback at UFC in summer. After this, he posted another tweet in which he said, “I personally like Magny or Kevin Holland both good test for the young man”.

Further, we might see Chimaev going against Neil Magny ‘The Haitian Sensation’ 24-9-0 (W-L-D) or Kevin Holland the ‘Trailblazer’ 21-6-0 (W-L-D) as his next potential opponents. Pretty soon after Ali Abdelaziz’s second tweet, Chimaev himself took to Twitter, saying, “Surprise surprise I’m coming back to smash everybody “.

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Read: ‘I’m Coming Back to Smash Everybody’- Khamzat Chimaev Announces UFC Return

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Looks like ” Borz’ will surely make a comeback in the UFC after the physical struggles he faced because of the COVID-19.

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Arman Khan is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He began following combat sports when Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor competed in 'The Money Fight' in 2017. 'The Notorious' attracted Arman to the UFC and he became an ardent fan of professional fighting as he could draw parallels with the action from his combat sports experience and break down techniques such as striking and striking defense lucidly for the casual fans.

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