Why isn't Khamzat Chimaev fighting anymore?

Last Modified Oct 18, 2023 09:01 GMT
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Khamzat Chimaev, nicknamed “Borz," was born in Chechnya, Russian on May 1, 1994, and has risen to be one of the best MMA fighters in the UFC roster. Chimaev initially pursued a career in amateur wrestling, transitioning to mixed martial arts after tasting success in freestyle wrestling. After competing in multiple independent promotions for his first six professional fights, Chimaev joined the world's biggest MMA organization, UFC, and swiftly gained notoriety by winning two bouts in just 10 days.


Chimaev’s journey in combat sports began at the young age of 5, with wrestling. He achieved the accolade of winning a bronze medal at the Russian National Championships during his younger years. At the age of 23, began on his path as a professional wrestler, training at the Allstar Training Center in Stockholm, Sweden. In September 2017, he entered the world of amateur MMA fights, paving the way for his professional debut in May 2018.


He attributed his relocation to Sweden to his brother Artur Chimaev, who had already settled there for better living conditions, initially visiting for medical reasons but ultimately choosing to make Sweden his permanent residence. In late 2023, ‘Borz’ voluntarily left Sweden and made U.A.E his new residence.


Chimaev has won all six bouts in his UFC career and holds a record of 12 wins and no losses (12-0-0), and he has been compared to the now retired, Khabib Nurmagomedov because of his domination and undefeated streak inside the octagon. Chimaev, like Nurmagomedov, largely relies on his wrestling and grappling style of fighting to secure victories. Chimaev has also displayed remarkable striking expertise in his fights. Chimaev showcased his hand-striking skills by KO’ing Gerald Meerschaert in just 17 seconds during his third UFC outing and going toe-to-toe for three rounds against Gilbert Burns.


Why is Khamzat Chimaev not fighting anymore?


Khamzat Chimaev burst onto the UFC scene as a fearsome competitor, with an undefeated record in the Welterweight division. However, his penchant for breaking rules and causing trouble, including missing weight significantly and Dana White's concern for maintaining the UFC's reputation and business interests, led to a break from fighting. While some online trolls speculate about his absence, it's clear that the UFC president Dana White wants Chimaev to move to the Middleweight division, but the fighter prefers Welterweight.


This decision was set in stone when it was revealed that Khamzat Chimaev's upcoming bout at UFC 294 would be in the middleweight division, against Paulo Costa. However, Costa pulled out from the fight as he succumbed to a severe elbow infection and was replaced by the former Welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman.


Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimaev [Image Courtesy: @KChimaev via X/Twitter]
Kamaru Usman vs. Khamzat Chimaev [Image Courtesy: @KChimaev via X/Twitter]



Last Updated On October 18, 2023

FAQs

A. Khamzat Chimaev made his UFC debut in 2020 against John Philips. Chimaev won the fight in the 2nd round via submission.

A. Yes, Khamzat Chimaev is still a fighter in the UFC, though he is not very active.

A. Khamzat Chimaev’s net worth is $1 million.

A. Khamzat Chimaev's next fight is against Kamaru Usman.

A. Khamzat Chimaev's next fight is scheduled to take place on October 18, 2023, at UFC 294: Makhachev vs. Volkanovski 2.

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