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UFC: Chimaev's resignation? President Dana White speaks plainly

After the suggestion that Khamzat Chimaev could end his UFC career after his corona infection, UFC President Dana White spoke up and denied plans: "He's let his emotions run wild, but no, he's not stopping. "

The Chechen had previously addressed his fans on Instagram: "I would like to thank everyone who supported me on this path in sport. I think I'm done, yes. I know I didn't win the title, but it's not the most important goal in my life. You may be upset, but my heart and body tell me everything. "

Chimaev is only 26 years old and had won all of the first nine fights of his MMA career. He was seen as an upcoming superstar and excellently marketable fighter. In January he had to cancel a fight against Leon Edwards due to a corona illness, and he cannot keep the new date in March either.

According to White, this could have led to words Chimaev wrote out of emotions: "When he got here, the doctors prescribed him prednisone, a heavy steroid. All he was supposed to do was take the medication and relax and recuperate. He wanted to exercise and felt miserable. Then he wrote the stuff. He actually wants to fight every weekend and now he can't even train. "

Chimaev is likely to convince politicians to continue

Later on Tuesday afternoon, Ramzan Kadyrov, President of the Chechen Republic, joined the discussion. He wrote on his Instagram channel that he spoke to Chimaev and convinced him not to resign. "He stays and will fight to the end," said the politician.

Chimaev last rose to the Octagon in September 2020 when he knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in the middleweight division after 16 seconds. Previously, Chimaev had only been active in the UFC for two months and had emerged as the winner of the fights three times.