What’s Khamzat Chimaev’s new citizenship?
The long break is over - the big former UFC welterweight star Khamzat Chimaev is returning to the UFC octagon after a one-year absence.
Chimaev, a promising mixed martial artist, is all set to participate in the UFC 294 event in Abu Dhabi. He is expected to fight Paulo Costa, an experienced Brazilian fighter in the middleweight category, with a weight limit of up to 84 kg. This would be a significant change for Chimayev as he usually fights in the welterweight class.
Chimaev was born 28 years ago in the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. This state existed on the territory of today’s Russian republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia during the First Chechen War. He spent his formative years in Chechnya until 2013, when he moved to Stockholm, Sweden, to pursue his passion for mixed martial arts. Chimayev’s dedication and hard work paid off, and he soon received Swedish citizenship.
Under the Swedish flag, Chimaev became a household name in mixed martial arts. He joined the UFC and has since won six consecutive fights, with a record of 12 wins (including 6 KOs and 5 submissions) in 12 professional MMA fights. Chimayev is known for his impeccable technique, speed, and power, making him a formidable opponent for anyone in the ring. His upcoming fight with Costa is eagerly anticipated by fans worldwide.
Khamzat Chimaev’s new country of citizenship
Khamzat Chimaev is a professional mixed martial artist who has gained a reputation for being a controversial figure outside the octagon. He has spent most of his recent training time in Abu Dhabi, which is why it was announced that he will be fighting in the UFC as a citizen of the United Arab Emirates. He is expected to have significant support from the crowd during his upcoming fight against Costa, who was previously challenged for the championship belt.
The match, UFC 294, is scheduled for October 21 at the Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi. The night’s main event will feature a highly anticipated rematch between Islam Makhachev and Charles Oliveira. This time, the roles will be reversed, with the Russian fighter defending his title in the lightweight category (up to 70 kg) and the Brazilian fighter serving as the challenger. Their last meeting took place in October 2022, when Makhachev forced Oliveira to surrender in the second round.
This fight has generated a lot of excitement among MMA fans, as both fighters are known for their impressive skills and fighting styles. Many are eager to see how the rematch will play out and whether Oliveira can turn the tables on Makhachev this time.