UFC middleweight sensation Khamzat Chimaev is currently being held in St. Petersburg, Russia after his passport was seized by the Russian government. ‘Borz’ was on his way to Chechnya and was due to visit Brazil later this week, but all future plans are currently on hold until further notice.
That’s according to a report from Brazilian outlet Combate.
Chimaev was born in Chechnya but immigrated to Sweden at the age of 19 where he would later become one of the country’s top wrestlers.
“My brother was doing [work] he and he said to us, come here, it’s good for us and our brother Tahir, he also has surgery, so, this [would help him] like when we come straight here,” Chimaev previously told ESPN. “Afterwards we stay[ed] here we love[ed] and they helped us a lot too.
UFC fans quickly became familiar with “Borz” after an electric 6-0 start to his career in the Octagon, with five of those wins coming in the first round.
Here’s the latest from ESPN MMA:
I just spoke to Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) manager Majdi Shammas, who told me that reports of Khamzat being stuck in Russia with a revoked passport are not true. Khamzat is in Russia, but there are “no problems” with travel restrictions according to Shammas.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) October 4, 2022
Chimaev, 28, is due to appear in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a film premiere on October 6. Whether ‘Borz’ is able to sustain those plans in light of his current situation remains to be seen.
We will have additional details on Chimaev’s status as more information becomes available.
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