UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev has shocked the sport after appearing to announce his retirement due to ongoing Covid-related issues.
Chimaev made history last year after fighting three times in less than two months, but the Russian-Swedish fighter has appeared to hang up the gloves.
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“I want to say thank you to everyone for their support in my path in this sport,” he wrote in Russian.
“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.
“I want to say a huge thank you to my team. I want to say a huge thank you [to the UFC].”
The Russian-Swedish phenom, 9-0 in his professional career, was expected to fight Leon Edwards back in December before Chimaev announced he had Covid-19.
Chimaev then tested positive in January, which delayed the fight even more.
It was pushed back a third time to March 13, though that was delayed again as Chimaev was struggling with the virus — something that is apparently still bothering him.
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However, UFC boss Dana White has come and said Chimaev may have been emotional after struggling to train and he wasn't quitting.
“When he got [to Las Vegas], the doctors took care of him, and they put him on prednisone, which is a nasty f***ing steroid,” White told MMA Junkie.
So he’s on prednisone, and he’s supposed to be taking this thing and chilling, relaxing, and letting himself recover. He went in and f***ing trained today, felt like s***, and got super emotional and posted that.
“He’s not supposed to be training, but you know, this guy’s a savage. He wants to fight like every f***ing weekend, and now he can’t even train, so he just got emotional and posted that, but he ain’t quitting.”
with Ryan Young - Yahoo Sport US
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