Khamzat Chimaev
Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev Returns: Training in the Mountains for His Comeback

Chimaev Trains Hard in the Mountains for His Big Comeback

Khamzat Chimaev trains for his comeback

The highly ranked welterweight and middleweight contender Khamzat Chimaev was set to fight Robert Whittaker last month but had to withdraw due to a “violent illness.” After spending some time in the hospital, he’s now making his way back to the octagon and has been spotted training again.

Chimaev’s Unbeaten Streak and Challenges

Chimaev remains undefeated as a professional but has struggled to maintain consistency. Known for his rapid ascent with two fights in ten days early in his UFC career, injuries and illnesses have repeatedly disrupted his schedule. He’s now aiming for a return to a UFC event this fall.


Mountain Training for a Strong Comeback

Chimaev has been seen training in the mountains with his team, preparing for his return later this year. In videos shared on Instagram, he is shown shadowboxing and hitting pads with teammates above Lake Kezenoyam in Russia. In another post, he shared a motivational message in Swedish with his 8.1 million followers:

– “Hard times create strong men. I’ve never had it easy or waited for it to get easier. I will show you all again soon who is the King here.”

Health Issues Impacting His Career

Just days before his UFC Saudi Arabia main event against Robert Whittaker, Chimaev had to pull out due to what UFC President Dana White described as a “violent” illness. He was later photographed in the hospital, though his manager assured fans of his return soon. This wasn’t Chimaev’s first health issue. He missed weight for a scheduled fight with Nate Diaz in 2022 and had to withdraw from multiple bouts with Leon Edwards due to COVID-19 symptoms.

It remains uncertain when Chimaev will be fit to compete again, but he is likely targeting a return at UFC 308 in Abu Dhabi this fall.


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