Chimaev Responds To UFC Withdrawal, Denies Retirement

Khamzat Chimaev has spoken out following his hospitalization, which caused him to withdraw from his fight with Robert Whittaker at UFC Saudi Arabia.

Whittaker and Ikram Aliskerov will now clash on June 22. Aliskerov was removed from the UFC Vegas 93 card, as Chimaev had no choice but to withdraw. His last bout was against former UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 294. He is 2-0 since he moved up to middleweight from 170 pounds.

Dana White referred to it as a ‘violent’ illness, while Chimaev’s training partner posted a picture of the fighter from the hospital. The cause of the illness has been put down to food poisoning. Now, Khamzat has spoken out himself. The following post shows Chimaev on a tractor, as he appears in better spirits. His manager, Majdi Shammas, has also denied suggestions that Khamzat will retire. 


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White has since then responded, saying he does not know when Khamzat will return.


“The problem is we really don’t know (what’s wrong). Every time this guy gets close to a fight, I saw video footage of him on the ground violently ill. He was hospitalized again. He hadn’t trained for three or four days or five days, I don’t know exactly what the number was but we could not put him into a fight next weekend. I saw this kid on Fight Island, he wanted to fight the next weekend. I let him fight the next weekend.

“He looked incredible. He’s been on this tear and lately, it’s been hard to get him into the Octagon. Every time he gets close to fighting, he gets really sick. I don’t know (how long he’s going to be out). I don’t know what to say. It’s not like he’s over here in this country and we’ve had doctors here look at him or anything like that. He’s sort of out of touch so it’s tough to deal with,” White said


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