Dana White Says Khamzat Chimaev “Ain’t Quitting”, Following Retirement Speculation
By FCF Staff
Khamzat Chimaev turned heads throughout MMA on Monday, via a social media post he made, in which it sounded like he could be retiring. But, UFC President Dana White is insisting that the rising star is not hanging up the gloves.
The 26-year-old Chimaev has been sidelined for weeks now, on account of ongoing medical issues stemming from COVID-19. The undefeated fighter had two scheduled bouts with Leon Edwards canceled as a result.
Chimaev’s social media post, translated by Google, says the following.
I want to say thank you to everyone for their support in my path in this sport я 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 @allstarsgymsweden 🙏🏼
I want to say a huge thank you @ufc 🙏🏼
But, in a follow-up story from MMA Junkie, White was quoted saying the following.
“When he got here, the doctors took care of him, and they put him on prednisone, which is a nasty f*cking steroid,” White said. “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*cking trained today, felt like sh*t, 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*cking weekend, and now he can’t even train, so he just got emotional and posted that, but he ain’t quitting.”
White also reported that he believes Chimaev (9-0) could be ready to fight again in June.