‘He Needs to Relax And Recover’ – Dana White Clears Up Khamzat Chimaev’s Retirement Talk

Published 03/12/2021, 6:52 AM EST


UFC President Dana White gave an interview to BT Sport to talk about Conor McGregor, Jon Jones, and Khamzat Chimaev. Earlier, ‘Borz’ announced that he was retiring from UFC after his health issues and post-COVID complications. Hence, the reporter followed up and asked White if Chimaev is coming back and if he has talked to him.

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I haven’t. We flew him out here to get looked at, and the problem is, the reason why everybody loves him is because the guy is an absolute savage. He wants to fight every weekend,” White answered.

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Dana added that Khamzat was a strong-headed individual and said, “The problem with a guy like that is you can’t calm him down. He should be resting right now, and he shouldn’t be training at all.”

Dana White on Chimaev’s path to a return to the UFC

He said that Chimaev needs to take a step back and stop training. However, he conceded that ‘Borz’ was a grown man, and the UFC can’t control what he does daily. White concluded by saying he knew as much as the media did and it’s going to be a wait-and-watch situation from here on.

‘Borz’ shot to the top with his back-to-back victories in the UFC. He took fights on a short-term basis and in different weight classes. He knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in the first round of his last fight in a blistering display lasting only 17 seconds.

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)

He reiterated this point and concluded, “What he really needs to do is go home, watch a movie, take a nap, relax and recover.” 

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Everyone would want the best for Chimaev, and the UFC is keeping his health as the top priority. Fans would hope for a speedy recovery and a quick comeback. He’s an enigmatic fighter with a lion’s personality, and he’ll get through this setback with flying colors.

What do you make of the UFC President’s take on Chimaev?

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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