- Khamzat Chimaev makes a rare appearance with his father.
- Chimaev revealed in an interview that his father would often ask him for a free link or website to watch his fight.
- In an interview with Brett Okamoto, Khamzat revealed how difficult it was to live in a small apartment in Sweden.
Khamzat Chimaev has become a big name in the UFC in a relatively short span. Owing to his incredible wrestling prowess and attributes, he has maintained an unbeaten record in the UFC. With that said, aside from his entertaining performances, fans know very little of his personal life.
Previously, ‘Borz‘ made his way into the UFC with a submission win over John Phillips. However, he then made headlines for making a ridiculous turnaround 10 days later, knocking out Rhys McKee in Round 1. Despite long spells of inactivity, Khamzat has always managed to keep fans engaged with his fights. As such, he is now one of the most highly touted fighters in the promotion.
During his tenure in the UFC, Khamzat has had numerous impressive performances. Additionally, his resume, especially after his last two fights, looks much more substantiated by his hype. Notably, his record includes wins against Li Jingliang, Kevin Holland, Gilbert Burns, and Kamaru Usman. Although his shenanigans inside the Octagon are well documented, let’s try and find out more about his personal life.
What do we know about Khamzat Chimaev’s father?
For the most part, one of the lesser-known details about Khamzat Chimaev’s life revolves around his parents. Whilst he has mentioned the rest of his family at some point, his father remains an interesting topic. However, in recent times, Chimaev has brought his father to the limelight on numerous occasions.
Previously, Chimaev revealed in an interview, that his father would often ask him for a free link or website to watch his fight. Many found this to be hilarious, especially after the UFC President’s strict crackdown on piracy. Similarly, there are more instances, such as when Andrew Schulz revealed how Papa Chimaev was in attendance for UFC 294. According to the stand-up comedian, he was getting heckled by Chimaev’s father, who finally calmed down after the decision went in favor of his son.
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Similarly, many have once again taken note of Khamzat’s father after the fighter posted a video of their outing. In the photos and videos shared by the 29-year-old, the father-son duo can be seen taking in the sights of Dubai on a yacht whilst sipping coffee. Moreover, Chimaev also penned a heartfelt message to his father in the caption of the post. Surprisingly, very little is known of the individual, with his name still unknown to the general public.
Khamzat Chimaev speaks about his family and move to Sweden
Aside from this, there is an old interview with Khamzat revealing a little about his father. Notably, he was always busy with his work but made time to teach his sons how to pray. Despite not being able to make time to watch Khamzat and his brother practice, the unnamed individual inculcated good values in them. Considering the difficult times Chiamev and his family faced, he holds his father’s contributions in high regard.
For those unaware, Khamzat was born in Chechnya, Russia, where he began wrestling at a young age. Having grown up surrounded by war, it was his elder brother Arthur who suggested that the family shift to Sweden. With Arthur already settled in Sweden, Khamzat, along with his mother and sister, followed suit. However, it is assumed that his father likely stayed behind, possibly due to his work.
In an interview with Brett Okamoto, Khamzat revealed how it was difficult living in a small accommodation in Sweden. Despite this, his mother would make conscious efforts for him and his siblings, practically raising them on her own. Although she prefers not to watch his fights, Khamzat is very close to his mother. Having relocated to the UAE and changed his nationality, Chimaev has likely done the same for the rest of his family.