Fight fans have come to connect Khamzat Chimaev’s career with unrivaled octagon activity and a level of dominance that has never been demonstrated before. After making his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, ‘Borz’ established a new record for the shortest amount of time that has passed between two victories in the UFC in the modern era, which was ten days.
Chimaev has not been as regularly active as he was in the beginning, despite the fact that he has expressed a desire to continue being active and has made a pledge to “smash everybody.” This was primarily due to the long-term effects of COVID-19, which caused the cancellation of two matches with Leon Edwards, who is currently the welterweight champion of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
The 29-year-old man, who was disheartened by the way his body responded to the infection, also made a quick announcement that he was retiring. He later disclosed that the decision was brought on by emotional hardship.
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Chimaev’s most recent appearance inside the octagon came at UFC 294, where he challenged Kamaru Usman and emerged victorious by way of a majority decision. In light of the fact that Chimaev is the betting favorite to possess UFC gold by the time 2024 comes to a close, fans of the sport have been wondering when he will make his return to action.
Recently, ‘Borz’ visited X in order to reveal terrible photographs of people struggling with their health. Although he did not go into further detail about the situation, he did explain that he has been recuperating from a hand injury as well as what appear to be skin infections. As he wrote:
“I was very sick, my hand was injured, so I couldn’t return right away, 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.”
Josh Thomson expresses skepticism on Khamzat Chimaev’s recent performances
The UFC environment has seen Khamzat Chimaev emerge as one of the most dominant talents in recent years. He is one of the most dominant talents. On the other hand, many people believe that the initial dominance that he shown in his early UFC battles has faded, which can be somewhat attributable to the high-caliber opponent that he has encountered in his most recent confrontations.
Chimaev’s past confrontations with Gilbert Burns and Kamaru Usman provided him with the opportunity to demonstrate the qualities that make him a worthy contender. On the other hand, his performance did not appear to possess the normal grit that fans have grown to identify with the Swedish whose birthplace is Russia.
In a recent episode of the Weighing In podcast, former UFC lightweight contender Josh Thomson provided some insight into this concept by stating:
The last time I saw him fight, I made this statement: I’m not completely sold on him just yet. Regarding Khamzat Chimaev, I am not convinced. Everyone is saying things like, “You are being a hater, you are being stupid.” “No, I don’t care what you guys say,” I’m almost saying to myself. A very, very long time ago, I was a participant in the battle game. There are combatants who come and depart. As soon as they appeared on the scene, guess what happened? After then, they stick around for a short period of time in the hope that they would eventually get back on track, and while some of them never do, others experience a comeback.