Russian-born UFC star Khamzat Chimaev has a new target in mind for his return this summer.
“Borz” is currently recovering from his months-long battle with effects from COVID-19. Chimaev pulled out of two fights this year, in January and March, due to ailments including extreme fatigue and lung issues. The last time he fought was in September when he knocked out Gerald Meerschaert seconds into their UFC Vegas 11 bout.
And it sounds like Chimaev is ready to get back to work, aiming for a fight in August.
“If you are sick, you cannot think about [a] fight,” Chimaev said in a recent interview with ESPN. “I was thinking, ‘One month, sick. Then still, two months. When am I going to be finished with this s***?’ I’m healthy now, hungry again. I want to get back and smash somebody and make money.”
And in terms of an opponent, he appears to have set his gaze on MMA legend Nick Diaz. UFC president Dana White revealed last weekend that Diaz wants to compete and that they were meeting to discuss his fighting future.
Diaz, who is the older brother of UFC superstar Nate Diaz, last competed in 2015.
“@nickdiaz209 surprise surprise i’m coming for you #209,” Chimaev wrote on Instagram Monday afternoon.
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