Khamzat Chimaev Announces Massive News for Fans – Will Fight in Two Separate Weight Classes

Published 05/09/2021, 12:33 PM EDT


UFC’s rising star, Khamzat Chimaev, took to social media recently to reveal his plans upon his return. ‘Borz’ had been fighting coronavirus for a considerable amount of time. His health condition took a massive after he was diagnosed with COVID and during the aftermath of his condition.

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However, he is now recovered fully. The undefeated prospect is itching to get back in action and to his usual regime for smashing people. The Chechen fighter is keen to continue on his run in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions of the UFC. Chimaev plans to fight four more times this year.

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“I’m fighting in August 170 lb September 185 lb November 170 lb December 185 lb be ready إن شاء الله. @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 @seanshelby,” he wrote in his recent post. This type of activity is not unusual for him. He has shown during his 3 fight run in the UFC that he is willing to take on any comer, any place, any weight.

Chimaev last fought veteran Gerald Meerschaert. ‘Borz’ earned a sensational 17-second knockout against GM3. Rhys McKee and John Phillips have been his other two victims inside the Octagon.

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)

Chimaev was scheduled to fight cream of the crop welterweight contender Leon Edwards in his fourth assignment inside the Octagon. However, COVID affected both fighters since that booking. After multiple cancelations and re-bookings of the contest, the UFC scratched the fight altogether.

Who should Khamzat Chimaev face upon his return to the Octagon?

There won’t be a shortage of opponents for ‘Borz‘ once he is ready to return to action. And judging by his current plans, the UFC will need to get multiple fighters ready for their brightest prospect to smash.

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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)

It’s unlikely that he will be rescheduled to fight ‘Rocky’ once again. But one can expect him to fight opponents of the same caliber as his championship aspirations peak.

What did you make of Khamzat Chimaev’s Tweet? Whom should he fight upon his return? 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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