Khamzat Chimaev’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has issued a statement explaining his fighter’s withdrawal from the UFC Fight Island 8 main event next month.
Chimaev (9-0) was scheduled to take the lead in the UFC’s January 20th event and fight top welterweight candidate Leon Edwards (18-3). The first appointment at UFC Vegas 17 on December 19 was canceled because both men tested positive for COVID-19.
In a statement to ESPN, Abdellajiz revealed that his lungs had not fully recovered since Chimaev was diagnosed with the virus at the end of November. Therefore, he withdrew from the battle.
Statement on Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev), His manager Ali Abdelaziz (@ AliAbdelaziz00). “Khamzat was infected with the coronavirus and when he returned to the gym, his lungs did not recover 100%. It takes time for his lungs to recover. Now he is taking the time he needs. “
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) December 30, 2020
“Khamzat had the coronavirus and when he returned to the gym, his lungs did not recover 100%,” the statement read. “He needs time for his lungs to recover, and now it’s about taking that time.”
Edwards insisted he wanted to fight in the UFC Fight Island 8. This will be the second of three events that the promotion will hold on Fight Island over a seven-day period. “Rocky” Called Jorge Masvidal Middleweight candidate after Chimaev’s withdrawal Kevin Holland is also campaigning Fill in “Borz”.
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