‘Maybe I Will Die Tomorrow’- Khamzat Chimaev Speaks On Uncertainty in his Life

Published 03/29/2021, 12:48 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 spoke to RT Sport and gave a candid interview to update fans about his condition. ‘Borz’ has been out of commission for a significant period and has struggled with complications stemming from COVID-19. Despite contracting the virus in December, Chimaev spent several months trying to recover from his maladies.

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Khamzat Chimaev came out and retired not too long ago due to his inability to recover from the virus’s effects. However, he would retract those sentiments to walk away, and he’s now slowly on the mend after a trying period in his life. Chiefly, the disease has derailed his career temporarily and has undoubtedly taken many opportunities off the table.

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Khamzat Chimaev shares a morbid message

‘Borz’ Chimaev came out and revealed the extent to which COVID-19 has had an adverse impact on his life and career. He candidly let fans know that he wasn’t in the driver’s seat and had left things to the powers that be.

“I was sick for two months and could not recover from that. It was too long…Maybe it’s over, maybe it’s not, I don’t know. We don’t know what the Almighty prepared for us. Maybe I will die tomorrow. Maybe something will happen to my opponent and the fight will be postponed. I don’t know, everything at the will of the Almighty.”

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Khamzat Chimaev has had three major fight bookings fall-out due to his battle with COVID-19. The UFC was forced to move on from Leon Edwards as an opponent for Chimaev, and with him went a chance to face a top contender. As it stands, there’s no clarity as to whether he’ll secure an opportunity to fight a top welterweight upon his return.

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)

Regardless of his opponent, Khamzat Chimaev will certainly be welcomed back with much fanfare by the MMA community. His stint on Fight Island captured the imagination of fans, and he’ll be keen to keep trucking along. What’s more, the UFC is riding behind him in a massive way and this will be an added benefit when it’s time to return.

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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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