UFC rising star Khamzat Chimaev is eyeing a return to the Octagon this July.
The Dagestan was forced out of his March 13 fight with Leon Edwards due to lingering COVID-19 effects. He even announced his retirement from the sport, but now the Swedish fighter confirmed he’ll be getting back this summer.
The 26-year-old’s manager – Ali Abdelaziz said that he wants to fight welterweight’s Neil Magny.
“He’s probably going to start training in the middle of April, and is looking to fight in the beginning of July,” Abdelaziz told ESPN about Khamzat Chimaev’s fighting future.
“He’s still getting medical treatment on a daily basis, but he is doing much better. Neil Magny is the guy we have in mind as an opponent, but let’s see what happens.”
“I think a lot of us don’t truly know what these young fighters go through,” Abdelaziz said about Chimaev.
“It’s impossible to live inside their heads and inside their bodies, and sometimes they say things out of frustration or they are just mad they can’t do what they love to do. Khamzat has been doing this all his life, so he’s almost felt crippled not being able to train, but he’s healthy now and he’s going to start training.