‘He’s Not Healthy’- Dana White Saddened by Khamzat Chimaev’s Condition

Published 03/05/2021, 10:28 PM EST
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 04: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 217 post fight press conference event inside Madison Square Garden on November 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White spoke to Kevin Iole from Yahoo Sports and weighed in on Khamzat Chimaev’s recent predicament. The Swedish-Russian fighter recently announced his retirement from MMA in a move that was quickly backtracked on by several parties. Chiefly, White came out and revealed that ‘Borz’ wouldn’t actually be stepping away from active competition.

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The decision to suddenly walk away came from his lingering battle with COVID-19 that has continued to take its toll. What’s more, he was supposed to compete in January but was pulled from his bout with Leon Edwards. The timeline for Khamzat Chimaev’s return is largely unknown, and fans aren’t sure when he’ll make his way back.

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Dana White on Khamzat Chimaev’s return

White told Kevin Iole that Chimaev’s return to form was delayed largely due to his own hand. White revealed that ‘Borz’ is refusing to take the proper precautions in order to recover from his ailments.

LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 07: Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 229 post fight press conference at T-Mobile Arena on October 7, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“No, he’s not healthy and the reason he’s not healthy is the reason that we all love him and why he gained a million followers in a few weeks because the guy is a savage. When you’re a fight fan, this is the kind of guy that you love to follow and that you love to watch fight. The problem with a guy like this is he’s sick. He needs to take some time off, he needs to go home and relax and heal.”

‘Borz’ Chimaev continues to put his head down

White doubled down on the fact that Khamzat Chimaev’s persistence to enter the training room is what has delayed his recovery. If this trend continues, there’s no way of knowing how long he’ll be away from actively competing at welterweight.

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“The sooner he does that, the sooner he can come back and fight, but he will not. The guy shows up at the gym, he’s downstairs. They caught him running full boar on a treadmill downstairs and they’re like, ‘what are you doing?

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)

Get off the treadmill.’  Then he goes in and he’s at some gym at a hardcore wrestling session and I think the thing with him right now is he’s so strong-willed and he knows I should be champion…but he doesn’t have the patience to heal.”

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Khamzat Chimaev will most certainly come back with a high-profile fight once he’s medically cleared to return to action. However, that process will be significantly delayed if he continues to train while coming in with a compromised condition. Fans of the sport will be on the lookout for updates on Chimaev’s recovery and return going forward.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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