The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, said that he had persuaded Khamzat Chimaev of the Absolute Fighting Championship (UFC) to continue his career. He announced this on his page in the social network “VKontakte”.
Earlier, Chimaev decided to end his professional career because of the prolonged recovery from infection with coronavirus. A little later, the head of the UFC Dane White commented on Chimaev’s statement, questioning the weight of his words.
“I told him that the whole Chechen people were upset by this news. I reminded Chimaev that all our youth, whom he inspires, have great hopes for his victory. If fans have to wait for his return, all of us will be anxiously and patiently waiting for him to enter the octagon. During our conversation, Chimaev realized how important his career is for every Chechen and promised to do his best to recover as soon as possible. In the near future, he will arrive in the republic, where he will complete his rehabilitation course, conduct training camps and begin training. This means that Hamzat isn’t leaving, he’s staying and will fight to the end,” Kadyrov stressed.
Chimaev had three fights in the UFC, scoring early victories in all of them. In total, the 26-year-old fighter has nine wins in nine fights during his mixed martial arts career. The Swede has competed in welterweight and middleweight divisions.