Khamzat Chimaev needed surgery to take care of injuries related to COVID-19

Khamzat Chimaev defeated COVID-19 after a prolonged battle that caused the Swedish-Chechen fighter to twice give up scheduled fighting in 2021 and even push him to the brink of retirement.

Chimaev announced the news of his return via his accounts on social networks in March 2021 and invited a veteran fighter for his return.

In a recent interview with Brett Okamoto At ESPN, Chimaev discovered that his fight against the virus required throat surgery to allow him to breathe. However, the language barrier did not allow Chimaev to further elaborate on the cause and consequences of the procedure.

Chimaev mentioned that he started to regain strength after the operation, which allowed him to continue training.

“When I was in Sweden, I started to feel better … One week better, a week bad. I still trained even when I felt bad. This was too crazy. The coach told me (not) like, ‘No.’ We can’t do that until next year … your health is most important. ‘That’s when I stopped training and came to the US. And there the doctors helped me. When I got back to my country, I operated here (pointing to my throat) and took out some things. “

UFC potential player Khamzat Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) stormed the martial arts world when he scored three consecutive matches in 66 days after arriving in 2020. However, the 26-year-old’s wealth changed in the following months.

After being twice forced to leave the fight against Leon Edwards due to long-lasting symptoms of COVID-19, Khamzat Chimaev announced his retirement from professional MMA via a post on social media.

Chimaev eventually recovered after the necessary treatment and absence from training, and he is expected to return later this year.

Khamzat Chimaev is eager to return in August 2021

Although Khamzat Chimaev is only a few months away from thinking about retirement, he is ready to step inside the Octagon as soon as possible.

Asked if August 2021 would be an early return given his suffering over the past few months, Khamzat Chimaev told Brett Okamoto that he was eager to re-establish his dominance.

“I think that’s right. Because, I’ve been in the UFC for (only) three fights. I haven’t shown who I am. People still talk like he beat some guys, something like that. It makes me (feel) in myself like, “Now I have to show these people who I am. I want to break everything to make a statement and show these guys who is the best in the world.”

Khamzat Chimaev’s last fight was KO’s 17-second win over Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11th in September 2020.

The Swedish-Chechen fighter has not competed in the UFC for more than seven months. Still, it is undeniable that Chimaev will get a chance to climb the ladder relatively quickly due to his immense popularity. It is provided to return in the same form it was shown in the initial run in the UFC.

Posted April 21, 2021, 6:28 AM IST