- Surgery Sidelines Khamzat Chimaev: The undefeated UFC contender is set for surgery following a hand injury.
- Return to the Octagon: Chimaev plans a strong comeback, targeting a fight possibly at UFC 300.
- Past and Future Fights: Reflecting on Chimaev’s recent victories and potential future matchups.
Undefeated UFC contender Khamzat Chimaev is facing a temporary setback due to a hand injury, with the Khamzat Chimaev UFC Return Surgery expected to sideline him for several months.
Details of Chimaev’s Injury and Surgery Plans
Chimaev (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) suffered a ligament tear in his right hand during the first round of his closely contested victory over Kamaru Usman at UFC 294 in October. In a recent Instagram Live session, Chimaev shared his plans for surgery, set to take place in one or two weeks, followed by a recovery period. His determination remains strong as he expressed his eagerness to “come back, smash somebody.”
Impact on Middleweight Title Contention
The bout between Chimaev and Usman was initially viewed as a No. 1 contender fight in the middleweight division by UFC CEO Dana White. However, Chimaev’s injury has shifted the spotlight to Dricus Du Plessis, who is now lined up for a title shot against middleweight champion Sean Strickland at UFC 297.
Chimaev’s Openness to UFC 300 Return
When discussing a potential return, possibly at UFC 300 in April, Chimaev expressed enthusiasm, urging Dana White to arrange it. His recent performances, including victories over Gilbert Burns, Kevin Holland, and Kamaru Usman, have solidified his position as a formidable force in the division.