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Khamzat Chimaeva UFC middleweight phenom, is presently being held in St. Petersburg, Russia, after the Russian government confiscated his passport.

This week’s travel plans for “Borz,” who was en route to Chechnya, have been put on hold until further notice. “Borz” was also scheduled to visit Brazil later this week per the Brazilian outlet Combate.

Chimaev was born in Chechnya but moved to Sweden when he was 19 years old, where he went on to become one of the best wrestlers in the country.

“My brother was doing [work] he and he told us, come here it’s good for us and our one brother Tahir, he has like surgery as well so, that [would help him] like when we come directly here,” Chimaev previously told ESPN. “After that we stay[ed] here, we like[ed] it and they helped us a lot as well.”

After an impressive 6-0 start to his Octagon career, “Borz” rapidly gained the attention of UFC fans, with five of those victories coming by way of first-round finishes.

On October 6, the 28-year-old Chimaev is due to attend a movie premiere in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We’ll have to wait and see if “Borz” can stick to those plans given his current predicament.

Could this mean Chimaev is being recruited for war?

“Chimaev had his passport arrested in St. Petersburg, where he disembarked before heading to Chechnya, when he was going to visit his family, and so he could no longer leave the country,” Combate reported.

Recently Russia has been in the eye of the hurricane for its methods of enlisting men to take part in the conflict with Ukraine.

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, and Chimaev are friendly, which may help to secure Chimaev’s release from Russia. However, Kadyrov strongly supports Vladamir Putin and has even threatened to send his own teenage sons to fight with Russia in the conflict.



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