Visa Issues Sideline Khamzat Chimaev from US Fights

"Visa Hurdles Stall Chimaev's UFC Journey"

UFC’s rising star Khamzat Chimaev finds himself at a career crossroads due to visa complications stemming from his associations with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, as reported by MMA journalist Karim Zidan. This revelation sheds light on the hurdles that have hampered Chimaev’s activity in the octagon, especially in the United States where the majority of UFC’s major events are hosted.

Chimaev’s visa issues have significantly limited his fighting opportunities, forcing him to seek alternatives outside the US. His move to Dubai last year and representation of the United Arab Emirates in the octagon are seen as strategic steps to continue his career amidst these challenges. Despite a promising start in the UFC, where he competed in two fights within ten days, Chimaev’s pace has slowed down, with only three matches in the past two years.

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The close ties with Kadyrov, accused of human rights violations, have evidently placed Chimaev in a difficult position with US authorities, complicating his visa approval. The ongoing geopolitical tensions between the US and Russia, exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine, have only intensified the scrutiny on individuals associated with Kadyrov.


The potential absence of Chimaev from US soil could delay his title shot aspirations until the UFC hosts events in locations like Saudi Arabia or Abu Dhabi, where he might face fewer travel restrictions. However, winning a title and not being able to defend it in the US could present significant challenges for both Chimaev and the UFC.

As the UFC plans its first-ever event in Saudi Arabia in June and another in Abu Dhabi later this year, there remains hope for Chimaev’s return to title contention. Yet, the long-term impact of these visa issues on his career remains uncertain.

Karim Zidan, MMA journalist, reported on Khamzat Chimaev’s visa issues due to associations with Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

Anecdotes from anonymous sources to Sports Politika about Chimaev’s connection to Kadyrov being a factor in his visa complications.

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