‘I Don’t Know What He’s Going To Do’- Dana White Provides Update on Khamzat Chimaev

Published 03/05/2021, 5:00 AM EST


UFC President Dana White was questioned about the future of Khamzat Chimaev at the UFC 259 pre-fight press conference. The UFC’s rising star announced his retirement last week on social media. It seemed to be an emotional decision as ‘Borz’ has been suffering from COVID-19 related issues for a considerable amount of time now.

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White showed his appreciation towards the Chechen native, saying how much he likes Chimaev’s attitude as ‘Borz’ wants to fight whenever the opportunity is there. And that attitude has made him an instant fan favorite. Also, the company has shown its liking towards the star, presenting him with good opportunities.

But, his health issue has been a thing of concern for a while. When asked about the recent state of Chimaev, White said, “The guy has some effects from having COVID so he is on very heavy medication and he’s supposed to be resting and relaxing.”

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When asked if Chimaev is following those protocols, White added, “He’s not, he’s training like an animal. What happened to him is what’s going to happen if you don’t listen to the doctors. He needs to take time off, he needs to relax and heal, and then he can come back and fight.

I don’t know what he is going to do. We flew him out here to get him looked at. He’s a grown man, he can do whatever he wants, we are trying to help him in every way we can. He needs to chill out is what he needs to do.

What’s next for Khamzat Chimaev?

Chimaev was scheduled to fight Leon Edwards multiple times. After the Brit had to withdraw the first time around, Chimaev withdrew twice. Hence, after multiple cancelations, the UFC has moved on from the fight and booked Belal Muhammad to fight ‘Rocky’ Edwards.

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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)

However, one might expect the company to present Chimaev with a top-ranked opponent once he is fit to return. There are plenty of contenders ready to steal the Swede’s thunder. However, for all that to happen, he needs to make a full recovery before even thinking about training and making a comeback.

What did you make of Dana White‘s words on ‘Borz‘? Let us know.

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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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