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Khamzat Chimaev’s inspiration on me fighting the greatest fight of my life – Ash’s Sports Talk


I never thought I’d have to write these words. In May this year, I received the biggest body blow by being told I’ve been diagnosed with Neuroendocrine carcinoma. My mind staggered to take in the doctor’s words considering there’s only so much as humans we can control.

This is my story.

I share it, so others are inspired by the words of some of my combat sports heroes. In the darkest of times, these words have been the ‘words from my corner’, the pep talk I needed to pick myself up and battle on.

Khamzat Chimaev is a UFC athlete who is one of the promotion’s brightest prospects.

Although, it’s likely many have forgotten that in early 2021 he temporarily retired from MMA due to experiencing severe COVID complications.

The symptoms were so significant that he initially felt he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

Fortunately, this wasn’t the case, but he was heavily encouraged to take time out of MMA for several months to gain a full recovery.

Now, he’s regained his status as not only one of the promotion’s brightest prospects but could be in line for a title shot if he wins his next fight against another competitor in Nate Diaz.

What exactly is my desired sports industry legacy?

Ash’s Sports Talk has been an integral part of building my personal brand to gain recognition in the industry, a major reason for receiving my position as a Digital Content Executive at Oporto Sports.

You can view my portfolio here in terms of my achievements.

Now, my legacy lies in the desire to support athletes, brands, and other passionate combat parties through the power of athlete-driven marketing, storytelling, content creation and other digital marketing methods, which I’m always happy to chat more about.


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