Khamzat Chimaev and Khabib Nurmagomedov are on good phrases once more after a falling out earlier this 12 months.
In June, we reported on Khamzat Chimaev’s exit from administration workforce Dominance MMA, which got here on the heels of some feedback Chimaev made that ruffled some feathers.
Throughout a Q&A session alongside Chechen chief Ramzan Kadyrov in Might, Chimaev said that he would “smash” the retired Khabib Nurmagomedov. Being that Khabib is a valued, senior member of the Dominance MMA household, this blasphemous remark appeared to set off Chimaev’s departure from the workforce.
“Borz” additionally had a tense social media change with Khabib’s cousin, Abubakar Nurmagomedov, quickly after the “smash” comment. As for Khabib, the previous UFC light-weight champion said that he was not disillusioned when studying concerning the remark just because he hadn’t actually gotten familiarized with Chimaev as an acquaintance anyway.
Two months later, Chimaev supplied the next clarification for his comment, boiling it right down to a mere misunderstanding initiated by a “bullshit man” within the Q&A session:
“I answered to some bullshit man, however no one is aware of him,” Chimaev instructed Frontkick.on-line. “It’s my (mistake) as a result of I reply for him. He stated like, ‘Khabib gonna smash you…’ If anyone say to you, ‘He gonna smash you,’ in fact I’m gonna reply it like, ‘No, no one gonna smash me. I’m gonna smash everyone. In the event you an actual man, you need to suppose like that.”
Chimaev additionally admitted on this interview that he appears as much as Khabib and loves him as a Muslim brother.
Khamzat & Khabib Now On Good Phrases In accordance To Supervisor
Tuesday, the top of Dominance MMA and supervisor of Khabib, Ali Abdelaziz, was requested concerning the present standing of Chimaev’s and Khabib’s relationship. In line with Abdelaziz, every thing is now sq. between MMA’s Tremendous Smash Brothers.
“We’re all brothers. We’re all Muslim brothers right here,” Abdelaziz instructed TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter. “All of us come from the identical bloodline. And on the finish of the day, Khamzat, he’s younger. He’s new to the game. He’s child, man. He’s man. I do know Khamzat very properly. And on the finish of the day, on the time, lots of people took an insult to it. And I perceive the place’s Khabib’s coming from and the place everyone’s coming from. And Khamzat, it took him three months to apologize about it. I respect him a lot as a result of fighters have a lot ego, proper? However I (knew) he was gonna do the appropriate factor…
“Khabib is like an older brother to him. All of us have this sort of rating amongst us. And he come out, and he proper the mistaken, and what he gonna say concerning the man? He put his ego to the aspect, and he apologized, and apology’s accepted.”
Chimaev will stay below the administration of Majdi Shammas, who Abdelaziz had nothing however complimentary issues to say about on this interview. Though Chimaev’s exit from Dominance MMA at present appears to be last, that doesn’t imply there may be any unhealthy blood to be discovered right here, particularly not from somebody like Khabib in line with Abdelaziz.
“Khabib, man, he forgives. He doesn’t maintain grudges in the direction of folks,” Abdelaziz stated. “And on the finish of the day, we’re all brothers. And all of us make errors, and we’re gonna proceed to make errors. But it surely’s all good. There’s no drawback between Khabib and Khamzat. Every thing is nice.”
After negotiating Chimaev’s new contract with the UFC, Abdelaziz expects “Borz” to stay as much as the hype and assemble a novel legacy on this sport below his new administration. After a breakout 2020 emergence, the undefeated smash machine will look to renew doing simply that at UFC 267 when he takes on Li Jingliang.