Khamzat Chimaev’s coach reveals timeline for return and potential opponents

UFC’s rising star, Khamzat Chimaev is even more wanted after his recent win against the tough Gilbert Burns.

Chimaev won the war via unanimous decision at UFC 273 earlier this month.

With the ‘Borz’ renowned as the “Anybody, anytime, anywhere” kind of an athlete, fans are excitingly waiting for him to return to the octagon soon.

But Chimaev’s head coach Andreas Michael explained recently that we likely won’t be seeing Chimaev in an octagon for at least 6 months – or so he told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour,

Michael wants Chimaev to cool off and to not rush back into the octagon too soon.

“This is where I have to use my experience now and hold him back because fights like that take a little bit of time for the body to recover. So, I would like him to fight like, maybe in September, October; somewhere there.” Michael smiled and added, “If he listens to me!”

Now ranked #3 in the welterweight rankings, Chimaev is expecting to be a title contender soon/

Much like White, Michael would also like to see Chimaev against Covington:

“I hope that we get Colby [Covington]. And then once we’ve – with God’s help, we win that fight – then we get the winner of [Kamaru] Usman versus Leon [Edwards]. Yes.”

Covington just beat his arch-rival Jorge Masvidal by unanimous decision at UFC 272.

While the UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is expected to fight the No.2-ranked contender Leon Edwards this year nothing has been announced yet.

With both Covington and Chimaev currently available, Leon Edwards might finally get his title shot.