Chimaev hits back at Dana claim that he has 'personal problems'

‘The problem is definitely NOT me’: Khamzat Chimaev hits back at Dana White, after UFC president claimed undefeated star’s inactivity is due to ‘personal issues’… with ‘Borz’ calling out SIX fighters he wants to face

  • Khamzat Chimaev has not fought since battering Kevin Holland last September
  • When asked about lay-off, Dana White said it was down to ‘personal problems’
  • Chimaev disputes that, saying he has been preparing and ready to fight 

Khamzat Chimaev has fired back at Dana White’s claim about his inactivity being down to ‘personal problems’. 

The undefeated Cechen-born star has not been in action since battering Kevin Holland last September. 

Fans eager to see him return to the octagon were told by White that Chimaev’s lack of action is not down to the UFC. 

He said: ‘That’s on him, though. He’s got stuff going on in his personal life. That’s not because we’re not getting him a fight. 

‘Obviously you know how it goes here. I talk about this all the time, we have to get guys three fights a year. 

Khamzat Chimaev missed weight by a huge margin back at UFC 279 in Las Vegas

He has been out of action since defeating Kevin Holland in the first round last September 

‘If we don’t get guys three fights a year, we have to pay them. The only way that wouldn’t happen is if they have personal stuff going on.’

Chimaev then took to social media, writing: ‘I have no problems with fights, if they gave me a fight, I would have fought a long time ago, I did so many training camps and not one fight, the problem is definitely not with me, prepared in Dubai then to Thailand, why do I train so much if there is no fight, I don’t understand.’

He then followed it up with a tweet tagging Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman, Belal Muhammad, Israel Adesanya, Colby Covington and Robert Whittaker, saying: ‘I can fight anyone, I don’t care.’

There are serious questions over whether Chimaev can still compete as a welterweight. 

He botched his cut for the proposed fight with Nate Diaz last year, leading to a short-notice replacement in Holland. 

Chimaev ripped through him with a first-round submission and his coach Andreas Michael later claimed the preparation had been far from ideal. 

 He told the MMA Hour: ‘He was getting muscle spasms, shaking, vomiting. When he stood up he was passing out. I was worried about him.

‘Ever since he got coronavirus and all these health issues, he’s had a little bit of a hard time making the weight.

‘Ever since that issue, his body has been a little bit off when it comes down to pushing it to the last drop. But I’m just speculating. Like I said, I’m not a physician, I’m not a doctor or anything like that, and I don’t claim to be one.

Chimaev (left) has called-out potential opponents for not wanting to fight him

‘I told [Chimaev], ‘F*** this, your health is number one,’ Michael said. ‘That’s why we called the physician. We were thinking, ‘Forget about the fight. Is he alright?’

‘Cutting weight is very dangerous for the body if you push too hard, and I just wanted him to be OK.’

It remains to be seen whether Chimaev will be offered fights down at welterweight and the UFC would need confidence that he could successfully reach 170-pounds. 

If not, there are plenty of match-ups for him at middleweight, where a clash with champion Israel Adesanya would whet the appetite.  

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