‘He Has Decided To Continue Now’- Khamzat Chimaev’s Brother Provides Positive Update Regarding the Fighter’s Future

Published 03/05/2021, 4:30 AM EST


Khamzat Chimaev shocked the MMA world last week when he took to Instagram to post a message regarding his retirement. The 26-year-old raised eyebrows with his decisions and was contacted by UFC President Dana White immediately.

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‘Borz’ has been suffering heavily from health issues regarding COVID-19. The Chechnya-born fighter had to pull out twice from his proposed bout against Leon Edwards, a fight that couldn’t materialize despite multiple bookings. Frustrated and agonized, an emotional Chimaev decided he would walk away from the sport.

Now, Khamzat’s brother, Artur Chimaev, has updated what actually happened with the fighter and the real reason behind his strange decision. Speaking to Dagens Kalmar, Artur said, “He has not fully recovered. There are some points on the right lung that are not completely restored. Khamzat had been given antibiotics and after two weeks he thought it was okay to train again.

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“He was completely finished. The lungs could not cope, he began to cough up blood and became frightened. He became depressed, this means so much to him. I’ve told him to calm down. To give it time. That this disease affects different people differently,” Artur added.

He said that he has decided to continue now. But that it will take some time. I told him to rest for two or three months. Then it will be good,” He said further ( translated by BJPENN.com)

It’s tough for an up and comer who is looking to make a name for himself, to suffer these types of issues. A fighter’s health is the biggest asset. So, no surprise, Chimaev was emotional due to his struggles.

When can Khamzat Chimaev make a comeback?

First and foremost, ‘Borz’ should look to recover, and training has to be the last thing on his mind under the current circumstances. Once he gets back to his best physical condition, he should start training. So, a timeline regarding his comeback is uncertain.

His brother, Artur, also added that the UFC star usually trains four times a day. But, it has become tough for him to even get through the first session recently. So, one can assume how depleted the Chechnya native has become.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: (R-L) Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya punches Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Also, without proper physical recovery, he may have doubts about his durability as a fighter. Hence, it’s imperative that ‘Borz‘ focuses on getting back to his usual state no matter how long it takes.

When the time is right, the UFC will surely present him with the opportunities he is looking for.

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What did you make of Khamzat Chimaev’s situation? When can the fighter recover completely from his health problems?

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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