Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev deletes post after sharing photos from illness and hospitalization

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.”

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.

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