UFC Dana White has also taken action
Khamzat Chimaev seems to have announced his retirement from MMA through his social media, although UFC boss Dana White maintained that the fighter plans to return to the ring.
However, the Chechnyan head of state Ramzan Kadyrov has claimed that Chimaev will not retire and reassured fans that he will fight on
“I want to say thank you to everyone for their support in my path in this sport,” Chimaev wrote on Instagram.
“I think I’m done. Yes, I know that I didn’t take the belt, but this is not the most important victory in this life.
“It may upset you, but my heart and body tell me everything.”
Chimaev is one of the new prodigies of the UFC, but he could have been affected by his loss at UFC Vegas 21 a few weeks ago, due to his persistent COVID-19 symptoms, which forced him to withdraw from the event.
“During our conversation, Chimaev realised how important his career is for every Chechen and promised to make every effort to recover as soon as possible,” said Kadyrov.
“In the near future he will fly to the republic, where he will complete a rehabilitation course, hold a training camp and start training.
“And this means that Khamzat does not leave, HE REMAINS AND WILL FIGHT TO THE END!”
Dana White later told the MMA Junkie that he had spoken with the fighter who clarified his plans.
According to the UFC president, the Swedish fighter’s reaction is due to the fact that he goes through delicate moments after having moved to Las Vegas for treatment.