It seems that after all, Khamzat Chimaev is not done fighting yet.
While a cryptic Instagram post on Monday left questions about whether the rapidly growing prospect would continue his career in the Octagon, UFC President Dana White said that Chimaev, who is currently in Las Vegas receiving treatment for a persistent case of COVID-19, had an emotional moment. but he’s not ready to call it a career.
“When he got here, the doctors saw him and they prescribed prednisone, which is a nasty steroid,” White told MMA Junkie. “So he’s on prednisone, and he’s supposed to take this and relax, relax, and recover. he fucking trained today, he felt like shit, he got really excited and posted that.
“He’s not supposed to be training, but you know, this guy is a savage. He wants to fight like all damn weekends, and now he can’t even train so he just got excited and posted that, but he won’t quit. “
Originally published in Russian, a Google translation of Chimaev’s text certainly made it look like he was ready to retire. Add photos to Instagram Stories of what appears to be blood in a sink, and the condition clearly didn’t seem positive for the 26-year-old prospect (
I want to thank you all for your support on my journey in this sport. I think I’m done, yes, I know I didn’t take the belt, but this is not the most important victory in this life. It might bother you, but my heart and my body tell me everything.
I want to give a huge thank to my team @allstarsgymsweden 🙏🏼
I want to thank you @ufc 🙏🏼
Chimaev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz did not immediately respond to a request for comment from MMA Junkie. However, White said he spoke directly to Chimaev and said he still believes the Chechnya-born fighter will return to the Octagon in June.
However, you must first follow the doctor’s orders.
“They flew him here so we could take care of him,” White said. “We take care of it. They gave him medication. It’s going to be fine, go in and start training. He’s not supposed to be training and he’s very frustrated.
“He’s training when he’s supposed to be resting. You have to stay away, at least while you are taking this medicine. “
Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) last saw action last September, when he scored a knockout in 17 seconds over middleweight Gerald Meerschaert. The victory marked the undefeated Chimaev’s third UFC victory in his first two months on the list.