Khamzat Chimaev Dismisses Speculation About UFC 300 Comeback: ‘Not fighting in Ramadan anymore’

Khamzat Chimaev has declared he won’t be competing at UFC 300.

 

As UFC CEO Dana White faces challenges securing a main event for the landmark April 13 show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Chimaev (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) has confirmed he will not participate in the event.

 

Ariel Helwani, host of “The MMA Hour,” revealed on Monday that the UFC’s primary choice for the main event was a bout between Chimaev and welterweight champion Leon Edwards. However, he noted that issues with entering the U.S. on Chimaev’s part posed a challenge. Chimaev quickly dispelled these rumors, asserting that he will not be facing Edwards or any other opponent on the card.

 

Chimaev told MMA Uncensored, “I will fight everybody — Leon (Edwards), (Dricus) Du Plessis — anyone. But not in Ramadan. I believe Ramadan coincides with UFC 300. Perhaps someone in Saudi Arabia. That’s where I want to fight. ‘Not fighting in Ramadan anymore.'”

 

Ramadan, observed from March 10 to April 9 this year, is a period during which practicing Muslims abstain from eating or drinking from dawn until sunset. Although Ramadan concludes just days before UFC 300, this timing would require Chimaev to endure a training camp while adhering to the fasting practices.

 

The undefeated fighter Chimaev recently showcased his skills in October at UFC 294, securing a victory against Kamaru Usman, who filled in on short notice. This victory was significant as it was considered a deciding match for the top spot in the middleweight category.

 

Chimaev’s most recent attempt to compete in the welterweight class didn’t go as planned. In September 2022, he was set to fight Nate Diaz but missed the required weight by eight pounds. As a result, he ended up in a match against Kevin Holland at a catchweight of 180 pounds. Chimaev secured a victory in this bout with a first-round submission.

 

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