Khamzat Chimaev's long-term side effects from contracting COVID-19 appear to be severe.
Chimaev was forced to pull out of his scheduled bout with Leon Edwards due to the effects he continues to suffer after contracting the novel coronavirus in November. His manager Majdi Shammas told Frontkick Online that Chimaev's symptoms are so severe he could not talk, and at one point thought he was fatally ill.
"The other day when he finished training, on Tuesday, he couldn't even walk up to his room," Shammas said. "He didn't even have the energy to walk up to his room. He fell asleep in the lobby."
"He can't train. His friends called me and said, 'Hey, Khamzat can't even speak. His fever is so high, his headache is so much, you know, his muscle pain and everything.' Then an ambulance came and got him to the hospital," Shammas continued. "Even when he was in the hospital he called me like, when he called me he thought he was going to die. He was really bad."