Manager of UFC fighter Khamzat Chimaev, Ali Abdelaziz, recently spoke to MMAjunkie.com. Chimaev’s manager discussed the future of the Welterweight fighter and when he is expected to make a return to the octagon this year.
After Chimaev was forced to pull out of the March 13 fight against Leon Edwards, he announced his ‘retirement’ from the sport online.
The situation seems to change on an almost weekly basis. Chimaev announced at the start of March that he was going to fight in June. ‘Want to say thank you to Dana WhiteÂ and UFC, [for] giving me medical treatment and taking care of me first class. Thank you and I’m very grateful, see [you] in June.’
Ali Abdelaziz on Khamzat Chimaev
‘We’ll see (Chimaev) at the end of July (or) August” Abdelaziz said to MMAJunkie. “Even Dana (White) was asking me the other day. I told him the end of July or August he’ll fight. I told Sean (Shelby), too.”
“Realistically, I think it’s time to slow it down a little bit” Ali continued. “But I think he’s going to make a (bigger) statement on the comeback. He’s going to keep climbing. He’s a special talent, he’s a superstar, I believe, in the making. All of us will see.
“Everyone who understands MMA will understand what Khamzat brings” Abdelaziz concluded. “It is what it is, and we have to move on. Sickness can’t control that.”
It has not yet been confirmed who Chimaev will be facing upon his return to the octagon.
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