UFC star Khamzat Chimaev has been missing in action since his October win over former UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. That fight, a close split decision, took place at middleweight, but it was Chimaev who left the octagon with his hand raised and his undefeated record still in tact.
Chimaev (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) injured his hand in the Usman fight and in a now deleted social media post, the 29-year-old fighter from Russia revealed that he was battling more than just that.
“I was very sick, my hand was injured, so I couldn’t return right away,” Chimaev said on X via translation. “I want to tell all the fountains, I want to see myself in battle more than all of you. I love this job. I will do and prove that I am the best, as always we do, and I will be back soon to Insha’Allal training.”
Khamzat Chimaev posted and then deleted a picture of himself saying he was very sick pic.twitter.com/RDQnhmnOce
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It is currently unknown what health issues he was battling, but Chimaev did have significant complications following a battle against COVID-19 in 2020. Those issues prevented him from competing inside the octagon for more than a year.