Khamzat Chimaev Denies Neil Magny Fight Rumors

Published 03/29/2021, 7:35 AM EDT


UFC welterweight Khamzat Chimaev spoke to RT Sport in an exclusive interview and provided an update about his condition. ‘Borz’ has been out of action for a meaningful period and a timeline for his return hasn’t been set up. Chiefly, complications due to COVID-19 arguably hit him the hardest and even pushed him to the brink of retirement.

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Prior to his woes with the virus, Chimaev was on the fast track towards possibly fighting for a UFC title. He was already booked to fight number three ranked Leon Edwards, despite just having a 9-0 professional record. However, his career wins have been nothing short of dominant and he’s truly captured the imagination of fans and media members alike.

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’s extended lay-off has forced him out of several marquee match-ups that would have otherwise been on the table. However, one name has constantly been popping up, and it’s a viable match-up for his return fight. UFC welterweight veteran Neil Magny has constantly been vying for a fight against ‘Borz’.

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Khamzat Chimaev looks ahead at his fight career

‘Borz’ was asked to chime in on whether a fight with ‘The Haitian Sensation’ was still on the table. Chimaev seemed open to the idea of facing Magny. However, the bout is nowhere near being finalized.

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 still just rumors. Nothing is clear yet, we will see. If he is ready, and If I am ready- why not.”

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Neil Magny is coming off a loss to Michael Chiesa from January 2021. However, he’s still a massive step-up for Chimaev. For Magny, securing a fight with ‘Borz’ will be critical, as it will surely help to elevate his profile going forward. Neil Magny has always been a formidable welterweight, however, he’s lacked mainstream popularity throughout his career.

The 170-pound division is currently swamped at the top, and many of the division’s elite fighters are already booked. However, with the champion staying active, the divisional contenders will be looking to remain in the rotation. As it stands, it will be beneficial to both Magny and Chimaev if the UFC books a fight between them.

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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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