UFC rising star Khamzat Chimaev 'escapes unscathed after crashing luxury Mercedes into barrier'

UFC star Khamzat Chimaev reportedly escaped unscathed after crashing his Mercedes into a barrier.

The rising welterweight posed with his luxury Mercedes, which appeared to be identical to the one in the crash, earlier in the day.


Later, a Chechen news account under the name @chp.grozniy.95 posted a video of a car with its front badly damaged from an apparent collision with a barrier.

A crowd of people where at the scene joined by what looked like emergency services in attendance as it was claimed Chimaev was the driver involved.

The video was captioned: "Khamzat Chimaev had an accident yesterday. Khamzat himself was not injured."

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It is also claimed unbeaten Chimaev was gifted the car by controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov when the pair met in January.

Kadyrov made a similar gesture to ex-UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, who received a Mercedes after beating Conor McGregor in 2018.

Chimaev's reported crash adds to an already frustrating year for the 170lb contender.

He was forced to twice pull out of facing Brit Leon Edwards, 29, after a testing bout with coronavirus.

It was so severe he was hospitalised and Chimaev, 26, even contemplated retirement as he struggled to return to full fitness.

But, Kadyrov announced he had persuaded the Swede-based fighter not to call it a day on behalf of 'millions of fans in Russia'.

Kadyrov said: “Khamzat said that the recovery from illness is slow and, trying to be honest and frank with the fans, he decided not to give them hope.

"If fans need to wait for his return, then we will all look forward to his entry into the octagon with trepidation and patience.”


 

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