Khamzat Chimaev is yet another undefeated fighter in the octagon, having fought 13 bouts in his professional career and maintaining a perfect record of 13-0 so far. However, the star fighter has been out of action since his last bout in UFC 294 against Kamaru Usman.
Despite winning against Usman by a majority decision, Khamzat injured himself during the match. As the mega event of UFC 300 nears, speculations are rising about his possible return to the Octagon.
Is Khamzat Chimaev returning at UFC 300?
As per the recent developments, Khamzat could be looking towards a potential match-up in the biggest event of the year. In a recent instagram story khamzat hinted towards his appearance in the event. In the story he posted a close picture of his face where ‘300’ was written around his face.
With Khamzat’s desire to compete in the event, he has lots of possibilities for his opponents. Khamzat’s most anticipated opponent is Israel Adesanya, but he may also face Jared Cannonier. However, Dricus Du Plessis discounted Khamzat as a potential opponent, as he is poised to face Sean Strickland following their acrimonious feud, which escalated into a public fight.
Khamzat is currently ranked #9 in the UFC middleweight rankings and might face challenges finding an opponent from the top four. However, he may find a suitable opponent outside the top five. This enigmatic message from Khamzat has generated conflicting comments from followers: some eagerly anticipate ‘Borz’ comeback, while others believe he may have lost his hype.
Khamzat Chimaev injury update
Khamzat underwent surgery after tearing a ligament in his hand during his UFC 294 match against Kamaru Usman.He recently posted a pic on X where he said that he got seriously sick after his bout and was in the hospital for a long time.
He underwent surgery in December, mentioning that the procedure would take one to two weeks, followed by the recovery. He expressed interest in making a comeback at UFC 300 when he stated, “I’m going to do surgery, [an] operation in one, two weeks, after that [I’ll] do the recovery, come back, smash somebody. Tell Dana White, make [UFC 300 Fight] happen.”
Because UFC 300 is on 14 April, four days after Ramadan, some fans believe he will not fight because he is Muslim and will be unable to attend a training camp during the holy month. Keeping all possibilities in mind, Khamzat may try for a return but will not make it to the UFC 300.