After a ton of speculations surrounding Khamzat Chimaev’s UFC career, the fans can be certain that Chimaev has all the intentions to make a UFC return.
Khamzat Chimaev just called out UFC welterweight Neil Magny on social media with the following post.
After his continuous battle with COVID-19, Khamzat Chimaev shocked the MMA community by announcing retirement from MMA. However, UFC president, Dana White later updated that Chimaev is not going to hang up the gloves. Recently in an interview with Bt Sport, White:
“We flew him out here to get looked at, and the problem is, the reason why everybody loves him is because the guy is an absolute savage. He wants to fight every weekend. The problem with a guy like that is you can’t calm him down. He should be resting right now, and he shouldn’t be training at all. What he really needs to do is go home, watch a movie, take a nap, relax and recover.”
It seems Dana White was right after all as Chimaev has teased a return against Neil Magny.
Should UFC book Khamzat Chimaev vs Neil Magny?
Though Chimaev might have changed his mind about retirement he needs to recover from the lingering COVID-19 disease. So it is likely that he will be out of action for a few more months.
However, once he returns there are some huge fights for him in the welterweight division. Chimaev was supposed to take on Leon Edwards who is one win away from a title shot. So we can expect that UFC will book him against a top-ranked welterweight after he returns.
At the moment, Chimaev is not even inside the top 15 of the welterweight division. However, his last few performances certainly qualify him for a fight against a top contender such as Neil Magny.
Both Chimaev and Magny have been trading verbal jabs on social media for quite a while now.
Neil Magny lost his last fight against Michael Chiesa. So a fight against Khamzat Chimaev can be a risky affair for him. However, if he manages to win the fight then he will certainly make a huge statement to the rest of the welterweights.
This is a fight UFC would love to book as it will provide a platform for Chhimaev to prove whether he can take on the top-ranked welterweights. However, at the moment fans are hoping for a speedy recovery to the UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev.