Rising UFC sensation Khamzat Chimaev recently made headlines with his decision to represent the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in his MMA career. The 29-year-old star, known for his impressive unbeaten record and fierce wrestling skills, had been representing Sweden since his professional mixed martial arts debut in 2018. However, his recent move to the UAE sparked curiosity among fans.
Chimaev, originally from Chechnya, Russia, immigrated to Sweden in 2013. For years, he proudly represented Sweden. Yet, a variety of factors prompted his allegiance shift to the UAE.
One of the key reasons behind Chimaev’s move was related to Sweden’s laws and high taxation. In addition to these concerns, he now calls Dubai his home with his family. Chimaev received UAE citizenship, officially marking his switch in representation.
In a recent video addressing his decision, Chimaev outlined some of the factors contributing to this change. He emphasized the positive impact on his life, family, and career. Dubai’s climate, in particular, offers ideal conditions for his training and overall well-being.
Chimaev explained, “Everyone who says I’ve left the country, that I’ve left Sweden and everything I have is just moving to Dubai. Everyone has done the fastest political thing, it has been better for my career. better training. Always sunny. You don’t freeze.”
Despite this move, Chimaev expressed gratitude to his fans in Sweden, acknowledging their unwavering support. He assured them that he would occasionally return to his homeland.
“I will always respect my city Stockholm HOME. Love it. And will always come back there. I do things for my career, for my family. That is more important to me than anything else in the world. Everyone who cheers for me from Sweden. I respect you. I represent you too,” Chimaev stated.
Khamzat Chimaev’s fans eagerly await his return to the octagon after nearly a year of inactivity. His next bout will take place at UFC 294 on October 21 in Abu Dhabi, UAE, where he will face middleweight top contender Paulo Costa.