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Midnight Mania! ‘Depressed’ Khamzat Chimaev ‘frightened’ by bloody cough, failed training session

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Khamzat Chimaev’s future remains uncertain. The Chechen rose to fame quickly inside the Octagon, taking on opponents in multiple weight classes in rapid succession to immediately build a name for himself. All that success was to lead to an absolutely huge jump in competition opposite Leon Edwards, but COVID-19 benched “Borz,” and he’s finding it very difficult to get back up.

Speaking with Dagens Kalmar, Chimaev’s brother Artur further explained the difficulties that his brother has faced in recent months and why Chimaev appeared to retire.

“He has not fully recovered. There are some points on the right lung that are not completely restored. Khamzat had been given antibiotics and after two weeks he thought it was okay to train again,” Artur Chimaev said (transcription via “He was completely finished. The lungs could not cope, he began to cough up blood and became frightened.”

“He became depressed, this means so much to him,” Artur Chimaev continued. “I’ve told him to calm down. To give it time. That this disease affects different people differently. He said that he has decided to continue now. But that it will take some time. I told him to rest for two or three months. Then, it will be good.”

Kevin Holland should probably walk back some of that goofy trash talk.

At any rate, Chimaev’s serious symptoms should serve as a solid reminder of the risk UFC fighters undergo for the promotion and their own careers. Sweaty rooms full of wrestling are definite breeding grounds for the disease, and while most of these young athletes walk off the illness or never grow particularly ill, COVID-19 is no joke.

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