Khamzat Chimaev has been the talk of the MMA world since his UFC debut but a recent post has caused confusion and concern.
Chimaev tested positive for COVID-19, which forced a delay in his planned bout with Leon Edwards. The fight was rescheduled but Chimaev still hadn’t fully recovered, so Edwards will now be facing Belal Muhammad. Fight fans began to voice their concerns over the matter and Chimaev heightened those worries with a recent social media post.
Chimaev took to his Instagram account to claim that he is walking away from the sport of MMA.
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“I want to say thank you to everyone for their support in my path in this sport. I think I’m done, yes, I know that I didn’t take the belt, but this is not the most important victory in this life, it may upset you, but my heart and body tell me everything. I want to say thank you so much.”
UFC President Dana White responded to Chimaev’s post during a talk with MMAJunkie.com. The UFC boss said that Chimaev will not be hanging up his gloves.
“When he got here, the doctors took care of him, and they put him on prednisone, which is a nasty f*cking steroid. So he’s on prednisone, and he’s supposed to be taking this thing and chilling, relaxing, and letting himself recover. He went in and f*cking trained today, felt like sh*t, and got super emotional and posted that.
“He’s not supposed to be training, but you know, this guy’s a savage. He wants to fight like every f*cking weekend, and now he can’t even train, so he just got emotional and posted that, but he ain’t quitting.”