In addition to a considerable hand injury, Khamzat Chimaev needed to spend extra time sidelined due to an unknown illness following his most recent victorious performance.
Shortly following the return of “Borz” at UFC 294 in October, the 13-0 competitor made it public that he had injured his hand in the fight with Kamaru Usman and would require surgery. What had not been mentioned until earlier this week in a since deleted post on social media, was that part of the required recovery time was due to an illness that resulted in hospital treatment.
“I was very sick, my hand was injured, so I couldn’t return right away,” Chimaev said via Twitter translate. “I want to tell all the fountains, I want to see myself in battle more than all of you. I love this job. I will do and prove that I am the best, as always we do, and I will be back soon to Insha’Allal training.”
Last October, Chimaev fought to a majority decision victory versus former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, further solidifying himself in the ‘future titleholder’ conversation.
Despite the fact that he is currently ranked at number 8 in the 185-pound division, a title shot for Chimaev following Sean Strickland versus Dricus du Plessis at UFC 297 is not out of the question given his win over such a dominant former champion in Usman.