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Dana White Disputes Claims That Khamzat Chimaev is ‘Retired’

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Khamzat Chimaev recently had fans asking if he had retired from mixed martial arts. The promising breakout star recently posted to Instagram, essentially saying that his fighting career was over. ‘Thank you all so much for supporting me in my journey in this sport. I think I’m done. It’s not the most important victory in this life.’

Chimaev appeared to be referring to his ongoing battle with COVID-19. The UFC fighter recently contracted the virus and has had complications post-negative tests. It is not clear exactly what the complications have been but they appear to be severe enough to make Khamzat consider retirement.

Dana White on Chimaev

UFC President Dana White recently spoke to MMAJunkie and said that he doesn’t believe that Chimaev is retiring. ‘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” White continued. “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.’

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