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

Published 03/24/2021, 12:43 AM EDT
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)


UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev took to social media and has sent fans in a tizzy with his latest tweet. ‘Borz’ let it be known that his return to the UFC’s octagon was imminent, and he’s primed to be better than ever. The news comes in as a relief to fight fans as Chimaev had opened up about retiring not too long ago.

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The front runner for ‘2020 Breakout Fighter of the Year’ has had a rather dismal 2021 with injuries sidelining him. In fact, it was the after-effects of COVID-19 that continued to plague him and prevented multiple fight bookings. With his recent tweet, it would seem as though Khamzat Chimaev is on the mend, ready to bounce back.

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Khamzat Chimaev: Meteoric ascension

The Russian-Swedish fighter truly captured the imagination of MMA fans after his record-setting debut year. With just 9 professional fights under his belt, Chimaev already found himself within arms-length of a title shot. If not for a lengthy battle with COVID-19, he could have potentially been the next big contender at welterweight.

His success was actualized on Yas Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, wherein Chimaev made a turnaround in just 10 days. Moreover, he was unphased by whether his fights took place at welterweight or middleweight.

For ‘Borz’, getting into the octagon in order to scrap was the only thing on his mind. His ferocity under the bright lights went a long way in highlighting the potential he had to be a star.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya celebrates after his knockout victory over 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)

Moreover, he beat out Johnny Walker’s record for the fastest fighter to reach three-straight octagon wins. He beat out the record of 105-days held by Walker in just a matter of 66 days. Not to mention, he did it by KO’ing established veteran Gerald Meerschaert in round one.

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Fan of the sport couldn’t help but take notice, and UFC President Dana White is certainly on board as well. Furthermore, White has offered Chimaev all the medical attention he needs in order to make his comeback in a comprehensive manner.

Looking at his latest Twitter post, it’s safe to say that Khamzat Chimaev is sure to be back with a vengeance.

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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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