Khamzat Chimaev Hospitalized After UFC Saudi Arabia Withdrawal

Khamzat Chimaev has been hospitalized as he withdrew from his fight with Robert Whitaker at UFC Saudi Arabia.

Chimaev is out of the June 22 clash, as Whittaker will face Ikram Aliskerov. The news means Aliskerov will no longer fight at UFC Vegas 93, which was meant for this weekend. It is a huge blow for the undefeated Chimaev. His last fight was a win over former UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 294.

His biggest wins have come against Gilbert Burns, Li Jingliang, and Usman. He is 2-0 since moving up to middleweight from 170 pounds. Hamza had spoken about his desire to fight in Saudi Arabia due to his Muslim background. Dana White confirmed the news, calling it a ‘violent’ illness. Chimaev’s training partner also posted a picture of Hamza from the hospital, while his manager has released a statement

“A little news here, unfortunately, Khamzat Chimaev is out of the fight next weekend in Saudi Arabia, violently and I mean violently ill, so he’s going back home and hopefully he gets well soon,” White

Chimaev has dealt with health issues in the past. During the pandemic, his manager, Majdi Shammas, recalled Hamza’s struggles with Covid. It disrupted his career, as he could not train. Things were so bad at one point that Shammas recalled his fighter almost feeling as though he could have died.

“He can’t train. His friends called me, ‘Hey, Khamzat can’t even speak.’ His fever is so high, his headache is so much, muscle pain and everything. Then an ambulance came and got him to the hospital. Even when he was in the hospital, he called me, when he called me he thought he was going to die. It was really bad,” Majdi Shammas (Chimaev’s manager)

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