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Khamzat Chimaev Brutally Explains Why He Rejected To Go On Mike Tyson's Podcast

Nasir Jabbar

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Khamzat Chimaev Brutally Explains Why He Rejected To Go On Mike Tyson's Podcast

Khamzat Chimaev REJECTED the chance to go on Mike Tyson's popular podcast, saying he doesn't like what's happened to him.

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Tyson's Hotboxin' podcast has become a huge hit online, with the likes of Khabib Nurmagomedov, Oscar De La Hoya and Claressa Shields making big appearances.

But up-and-coming UFC superstar Chimaev turned down the opportunity to talk to 'Iron' Mike on his show.

Image: PA
Image: PA

He isn't a massive supporter of some of Tyson's controversial antics, explaining the reasoning behind his decision on Hustle MMA.

Chimaev, though, respects the legendary boxer as a fighter and an athlete.

"Ali said Mike Tyson also wants something, but I didn't go. I didn't have much desire to do that. As a fighter, an athlete, I really like him," he said via BJ Penn.

"But I don't like what all happened with him - the violence, the pills, the marijuana, then Muslims, it's strange.

"But I still respect him. Both as a fighter and as a person. He went through a lot of things and because of this, he broke down, did a lot of bad things.

"And no one knows what will happen to me. It can happen to anyone.

"A good, normal person, but something happens and you end up in a mental hospital. I don't judge anyone, but I just didn't want to go."

Chimaev is on his way to becoming a blockbuster draw in the UFC having won four fights in the famed Octagon.

He made a triumphant comeback following his battle with Covid-19 by destroying Li Jingliang at UFC 267.

The 27-year-old is supposedly set to return to action within the next few months ahead of potentially challenging for UFC gold in 2022.

Featured Image Credit: Mike Tyson/Hustle MMA

Topics: Mike Tyson, Boxing, Khamzat Chimaev, UFC

Nasir Jabbar
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