Khamzat Chimaev
Borz

Sweden

Out
Injury Illness
Est. Return 6/1/2021
Retirement reports disputed
WelterweightUFC
Out
March 3, 2021
UFC President Dana White believes Chimaev has not retired and in fact intends to return to competition in June, John Morgan of USA Today reports.
ANALYSIS
Chimaev has been dealing with serious complications of COVID-19 since testing positive in early-2020, which forced his withdrawal from a scheduled matchup against Leon Edwards on March 13. Edwards has since been rebooked to face Belal Muhammad on that card, suggesting Chrimaev is still a while from returning. White suggested that Chimaev isn't supposed to be training at this time, but after a difficult session, Chimaev had an emotional reaction that led to a personal Instagram post that implied his retirement. The undefeated fighter is a perfect 3-0 in the UFC with three Performance of the Night bonuses, so the announcement sent shockwaves through the MMA community Monday. It seems the announcement may have been a bit premature, but only time will tell.
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Announces retirement
WelterweightUFC
Out
March 1, 2021
Chimaev (illness) announced his retirement from UFC on Monday, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Chimaev recently withdrew from his scheduled fight against Leon Edwards due to effects caused by COVID-19, and he's since announced that he's ready to step away from the sport. It's not completely clear as to what caused this sudden decision, but Chimaev did have to reschedule the Edwards fight twice as a result of lingering COVID-19 issues, so it's certainly possible that the virus played a key role in his choice to hang it up.
Scratched from March 13 card
WelterweightUFC
Out
February 11, 2021
Chimaev has withdrawn from his fight scheduled for March 13 versus Leon Edwards due to lingering physical effects caused by COVID-19, Brett Okamoto of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Chimaev's fight versus Edwards was initially scheduled for early December and was moved back twice already due to COVID-19 issues. Unfortunately, he still hasn't recovered completely from it and will be forced off another card as a result. This time around, Edwards is expected to book another opponent, so Chimaev will likely face a different foe when he's ready to go.
Edwards fight rebooked for March
WelterweightUFC
Out
January 15, 2021
Chimaev (illness) is scheduled to face Leon Edwards in a welterweight fight at the UFC's March 13 event, Damon Martin and Guilherme Cruz of MMAFighting.com report.
ANALYSIS
Chimaev (9-0-0) and Edwards (18-3-0) were initially slated to meet up Dec. 19 in Las Vegas, but the fight was nixed after Edwards tested positive for COVID-19. The UFC moved the matchup to Jan. 20, but Chimaev then contracted the coronavirus, resulting in the fight being called off again. With both welterweights having seemingly made strong recoveries from their respective battles with the virus, the long-awaited bout should finally be held in March. A victor in all three of his fights since signing with the UFC in July 2019, Chimaev should have a good chance to make a big climb up the welterweight rankings if he can claim another win over Edwards.
Edwards fight off again
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 29, 2020
Chimaev withdrew Tuesday from his Jan. 20 fight with Leon Edwards for undisclosed reasons, MMAFighting.com reports.
ANALYSIS
The matchup was originally set for Dec. 19 before Edwards was forced to withdraw due to a positive COVID-19 test. It was then scheduled for Jan. 20, but it's now Chimaev who will be unable to fight. It's not yet clear whether Edwards will remain on the card against a new opponent.
Likely fighting in January
WelterweightUFC
Out
December 10, 2020
Chimaev is being targeted to face Leon Edwards (illness) in a welterweight bout as the headliner at a UFC event scheduled for Jan. 20, Aaron Bronsteter of TSN.ca reports.
ANALYSIS
Chimaev and Edwards were unable to fight in December after Edwards tested positive for COVID-19, but the matchup should be rescheduled for January. Chimaev put together a three-fight winning streak over a 66-day span earlier in 2020, most recently defeating Gerald Meerschaert via KO (punch) in September. Edwards has won his last eight fights, although he's had a long layoff since defeating Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision at UFC San Antonio in July of 2019. Chimaev carries advantages in both height and reach.