When Swedish UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev suddenly announced that his career may be over, many were shocked to say the least.
Frontkick.online immediately received tons of questions from fans around the world. But when we tried to reach out to Chimaev’s manager Majdi Shammas to make sense of the situation, he initially declined to comment on the matter.
Later on Tuesday, however, we were finally able speak briefly to Shammas and hear what he had to say.
Khamzat Chimaev needs to prioritize his health
According to Shammas, Chimaev now wants some distance from all the pressure.
“It’s still very sensitive. It’s hard for him right now and he needs some distance. We ask everyone for your understanding and patience at this point”, Shammas told Frontkick.
What are your thoughts on the post? Is Chimaev really retired?
“What’s most important at this point is his health. There’s nothing that is more important. Right now, that’s as far as we’re thinking.”
‘I will always stand by Khamzat and support him’
At the moment, Chimaev is still staying in Las Vegas getting medical care arranged by the UFC. Dana White, president of the UFC, has denied that Chimaev will retire, claiming that he was simply reacting in frustration while speaking to MMA Junkie.
As previously reported, the 26 year old suffered major complications after testing positive for covid-19 late last year. He actually thought he was going to die at one point after having been brought to the hospital by ambulance, which Shammas revealed in a previous interview with Frontkick.
Many believe that a healthy Chimaev could become a UFC champion. How would you as his manager react if he actually did decide to call it a career?
“I will always stand by Khamzat and support him, regardless of what he wants to do. He is already a champion as far as we’re concerned,” Shammas said as we finished the interview.