Khamzat Chimaev’s rise in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was nothing short of spectacular. He took the UFC by storm with his impressive performances, racking up four wins in just over two months. Chimaev looked to be on the fast track to stardom and a title shot until he hit a roadblock.
The Controversial Catchweight Bout
In his last appearance at UFC 279, Chimaev won his catchweight matchup against Kevin Holland in a brutal fashion. However, his weight cut turned the entire event upside down as he missed weight by nearly eight pounds, and his main event clash with Nate Diaz got cancelled. The Chechen fighter’s inability to make weight raised concerns about his future in the UFC.
Personal Issues Outside the Cage
Since then, fans have been eagerly waiting for Chimaev’s return, but there have been no updates on his next fight. Dana White, the UFC president, recently revealed that Chimaev is dealing with some personal issues outside the cage, and even he doesn’t know when the fighter plans on making his comeback.
The Uncertainty of Chimaev’s Future
Chimaev’s future in the UFC remains uncertain, as he has been rumoured to be fighting in both welterweight and middleweight divisions. The UFC has been trying to book him against some of the top fighters, including Colby Covington, Paulo Costa, and Kamaru Usman. However, with no concrete plans in place, fans are left wondering what’s next for the undefeated fighter.
White Talks About Chimaev’s Situation
During an interview with TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, Dana White revealed that Chimaev has some personal issues that he needs to work through before making his return. White emphasized that the UFC is always looking to get their fighters three fights a year, but if a fighter has personal stuff going on, they are willing to work around it.
When asked if Chimaev could fight on U.S. soil or if there are any issues preventing him from doing so, White replied, “Sure.”
Dana White with an update on Khamzat Chimaev.
20 minutes with Dana White: https://t.co/6lu9JeHIwO pic.twitter.com/Gvc2pNcn19
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) May 6, 2023
Chimaev’s Impressive Record
Chimaev, 28, remains one of the most promising prospects on the UFC roster, despite not competing in the last eight months. With wins over Kevin Holland, Gilbert Burns, Li Jingliang, and Gerald Meerschaert in his last four fights, the Chechen fighter is one victory away from a title shot in either the welterweight or middleweight division.
Chimaev’s future remains uncertain, but there’s no doubt that he’s a talented fighter with the potential to become a UFC champion. It’s a waiting game for fans who eagerly anticipate his return, but we can only hope that Chimaev’s personal issues get resolved soon, and he can get back in the Octagon to continue his impressive run.