UFC President Dana White provided clarity regarding the future of Khamzat Chimaev after the welterweight fighter appeared to cast doubt on his future inside the Octagon.
Earlier Sweden’s finest stated that his ongoing battle with COVID-19 might force him out of mixed martial arts.
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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,” Chimaev’s post read.
UFC’s main man downplayed this notion and said that the 26-year-old will get the treatment he needs in the US.
“When he got here, the doctors took care of him, and they put him on prednisone, which is a nasty f–king 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–king 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–king weekend, and now he can’t even train, so he just got emotional and posted that, but he ain’t quitting.”
Chimaev had to face Leon Edwards in December, but the fight got postponed because the Englishman tested positive for COVID-19. Then the bout had to take place in January, but Chimaev’s health wasn’t stable enough from the coronavirus infection he had himself last year.