Khamzat Chimaev appeared to announce his retirement from MMA three weeks after lingering COVID-19 signs compelled him to withdraw from UFC Vegas 21. However UFC President Dana White stated the rising UFC welterweight star is definitely readying for a June comeback.
Chimaev wrote on Instagram (translated from Russian), “Thanks all a lot for supporting me in my journey on this sport. I feel I’m accomplished.” He added that whereas he didn’t win a title, “it’s not a very powerful victory on this life.”
“It might upset you, however my coronary heart and physique inform me every part,” he wrote.
Later, Chimaev posted an image on his Instagram story that confirmed a twig of what seemed to be blood in a sink.
“The principle factor is I have no idea what this illness is however it isn’t simply outlived,” he wrote in a message translated on Reddit.
A number of messages to Chimaev’s administration and the UFC weren’t instantly returned. However White subsequently informed MMA Junkie that he’d spoken to the fighter and clarified his plans. The UFC lately flew Chimaev to its residence metropolis of Las Vegas for remedy, and White stated the fallout of his restoration motivated the obvious retirement publish.
“When he bought right here, the docs took care of him, they usually put him on prednisone, which is a nasty f*cking steroid,” White stated. “So he’s on prednisone, and he’s speculated to be taking this factor and chilling, enjoyable, and letting himself get well. He went in and f*cking skilled in the present day, felt like sh*t, and bought tremendous emotional and posted that.
“He’s not speculated to be coaching, however , this man’s a savage. He needs to battle like each f*cking weekend, and now he can’t even practice, so he simply bought emotional and posted that, however he ain’t quitting.”
In accordance with his reps, Chimaev has been hospitalized a number of instances after being stricken with a number of well being points, receiving antibiotics for bronchitis. In a behind-the-scenes video, his supervisor, Majdi Shammas, stated the fighter began coughing after two rounds of labor in preparation for the March 13 battle in Las Vegas. He was later taken to an area hospital; Shammas stated the fighter later informed him he thought he was going to die.
Saying Chimaev’s scratch, White stated the 26-year-old star was affected by a difficulty along with his lungs. It was the third time the bout had been cancelled after a COVID-19 constructive nixed Edwards from a UFC Vegas 17 reserving and problems from the virus dominated Chimaev out of UFC Vegas 19.
“He was flown out right here in order that we may maintain him,” White stated. “We get him taken care of. They bought him on treatment. He’s going to be positive, and he goes in and begins f*cking coaching. He’s not speculated to be coaching, and he’s tremendous annoyed.
“He’s coaching when he’s speculated to be resting. He’s bought to remain off, a minimum of whereas he’s on this treatment.”
Chimaev, a product of Allstars Coaching Middle in Stockholm, rocketed to UFC fame on Battle Island, the place he rattled off back-to-back stoppage wins at welterweight and middleweight in a span of 10 days. He adopted that up two months later with a surprising one-punch knockout of Gerald Meerschaert that had him on the brief record as a future title challenger.
The battle in opposition to Edwards, a welterweight standout on an eight-fight successful streak, seemed to be the gateway to rivalry for a fighter who captivated the eye of followers all over the world.
Chimaev’s well being points underscore a sudden reversal of fortune and the seriousness of the virus, which has claimed over 2.5 million lives and left many “lengthy haulers” with debilitating signs that depart them unable to renew regular life.
Right here is Chimaev’s full assertion:
“I need to say thanks all a lot for supporting me in my journey on this sport. I thinki I’m accomplished, sure I do know I didn’t take the belt however it’s not a very powerful victory in his life, it might upset you however my coronary heart and physique inform me every part. I need to say an enormous thanks to my staff [Allstars Training Center]. I need to say an enormous thanks to UFC.”