Surging UFC welterweight contender, Khamzat ‘Borz’ Chimaev has dropped a rather surprising bombshell tonight — appearing to announce his sudden retirement from professional mixed martial arts, amid his ongoing battle with COVID-19.
Chimaev, who has seen three scheduled outings with the #3 ranked, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards fall to the wayside since December of last year, tested positive for the novel coronavirus late last year — with doctor’s failing to grant him medical clearance to compete in January and March outings against Edwards.
Out of action since September, Chimaev recently travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada where he was expected to receive adequate treatment from doctor’s for his ongoing health woes per UFC president, Dana White, after he detailed during an interview in February how he had believed he was going to die as a result of his battle with the novel coronavirus.
Recently announcing his plans to score a return to the Octagon in June — earmarking a potential matchup with welterweight division mainstay, Neil Magny, the Chechen-born finisher posted a worrying Instagram post tonight, in which he tells how he thinks he’s “done” with mixed martial arts — hinting at a possible retirement.
“I want to say thank you all so much for supporting me in my journey in this sport,” Chimaev wrote via Google Translate. “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.”
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In another worrying post on his story, Chimaev posted a picture of a bathroom sink filled with blood droplets — with a translation detailing; “Take yourself and your family this is the most important thing. The main thing is I do not know what this disease is but it is not easily outlived.”
A three-fight Octagon veteran, the former Brave CF standout make his UFC bow on ‘Fight Island’ in July, scoring a second round D’arce choke win over John Philips — before making a record-setting ten-day turnaround to score a first round knockout win over Rhys McKee.
Making his debut on North American soil, the 9-0 uber-prospect grabbed a stunning seventeen-second knockout victory over grappling ace, Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Vegas 11 in September.