Ramzan Kadyrov says he steered UFC’s Khamzat Chimaev away from retirement

Kadyrov revealed that a conversation between him and Chimaev took place shortly after Chimaev’s original posts pointed at health struggles due to lingering COVID-19 symptoms. Kadyrov’s post included a screenshot appearing to be a FaceTime between him and Chimaev.

“Khamzat said that the recovery from illness is slow, and, trying to be honest and frank with the fans, he decided not to give them hope,” Kadyrov wrote (translation via Google’s online translator). “I told him that ALL the Chechen people were upset by this news. (I) reminded Chimaev that all our young people, whom he inspires, are pinning great hopes on his victory, but what can I say – MILLIONS OF FANS IN RUSSIA AND THE WORLD! And if fans need to wait for his return, then we will all look forward to his entry into the octagon with trepidation and patience.”

That’s when Chimaev made a realization, according to Kadyrov.

“During our conversation, Chimaev realized how important his career is for every Chechen and promised to make every effort to recover as soon as possible,” Kadyrov wrote. “In the near future, he will fly to the republic, where he will complete a rehabilitation course, hold a training camp and start training. And this means that Khamzat does not leave, HE REMAINS AND WILL BEAT TO THE END!”



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