UFC Star Khamzat Chimaev has not been having the best of times in the past few months. Chimaev is still battling lingering effects from COVID-19, which he contracted a few months ago. Due to this, he hasn’t been able to compete inside the Octagon and that has negatively affected him.
He was scheduled to square off against No. 3 ranked Leon Edwards on March 13, but ultimately couldn’t make it for the fight.
Chimaev also told fans that he was ”done” with MMA for good in a social media post last week.
“I think I’m done, yes I know I didn’t take the belt but it’s not the most important victory in this life. It may upset you but my heart and body tell me everything. I want to say a big thank you to my team @allstargymsweden. I want to say a big thank you to @ufc.”
Chimaev would go on to delete his post, so it seems he isn’t done with MMA just yet. To add to his woes, Chimaev was no longer in the top 15 spot in the UFC welterweight rankings after Tuesday. Chimaev was ranked No. 14 but was replaced by Sean Brady, who earned a submission victory over Jake Matthews at UFC 259 on Saturday.
We will have to see when Chimaev will be able to make his return to UFC, as the fighter previously stated being hopeful for a return in June of this year.