Chimaev resurfaces at Chechen MMA event after agent denies reports he can’t leave Russia

Brazilian combat sports outlet Combate  was the first to report that Chimaev’s scheduled visit to Brazil might be off due to issues with his passport. As per the source:

“Chimaev had his passport arrested in St. Petersburg, where he disembarked before heading to Chechnya, when he was going to visit his family, and so he could no longer leave the country.”

Chimaev was indeed spotted on social media in the Akhmat MMA facilities alongside one of the sons of Chechen dictator.

According to same source Allstar Sweden  is trying to get the government of Sweden, where he currently lives and trains, to bring him back to the country.

Chimaev’s agent – and Allstar gym member Mahdi Shammas finally answered media after the report and explained Chimaev is visiting family and expects he’ll leave Russia in 2 weeks.

Shammas let Brett Okamoto of ESPN know that Chimaev plans to leave in two weeks and is spending time with his family. This is a carefully worded statement that doesn’t really refute the source’s claim that Chimaev’s passport was confiscated in St. Petersburg.

Chimaev made an appearance last night at the ACA MMA show.

As per MMA megafan Caposa, Chimaev is currently in Gozny at ACA 146. His friend Rasul Albaskhanov just won.

As per the same source, the feed of the MMA event tried hard to make sure he was in the backdrop.

Fans were quick to assume Chimaev was akin to a hostage victim and even photoshopped this nugget:

Chimaev storied a number of pictures from different occasions he had met and been amicable with Chechen leader on his personal account. He didn’t address the rumors at all.

His coach Andreas storied the following:

 

Chimaev told ESPN: “I will start training camp, fight somebody, find somebody, smash somebody, make money.”

The Brazilian film release Chimaev was supposed to attend is booked for tomorrow so it’s definitely surprising to see him say he’s planning to stay there for two more weeks. It does raise the question whether something happened to force him to extend his stay.

While this might seem unlikely as a political move, considering the amount of bad PR it stands to generate it’s not exactly unprecedented. NHL’s Ivan Fedotov has been compelled to serve a full year in the military and thus won’t be an option for Philadelphia in 2022-23.

Combate hasn’t issued a rebuttal of their story as of yet. Story developing.