- Khamzat Chimaev has withdrawn from contention for the main event at UFC 300, citing his unavailability due to the end of Ramadan.
- Dana White is struggling to find a headliner for UFC 300, ruling out Conor McGregor and stating that Jon Jones turned down the opportunity due to injury.
- Chimaev expressed his willingness to fight anyone but not during Ramadan, dismissing suggestions of facing off against Israel Adesanya or Dricus Du Plessis.
As fans eagerly await news on the main event for the upcoming historic UFC 300 event slated for April 13, Khamzat Chimaev has announced his withdrawal from contention. Speculation about Chimaev’s potential involvement arose after reports surfaced on The MMA Hour, where Ariel Helwani suggested that the undefeated Chechen had been considered as a possible opponent by the UFC. However, Chimaev cited his unavailability for the card, with the holy month of Ramadan ending just days before UFC 300 commences on April 13.
As previously reported on The Sporster, UFC CEO Dana White admitted that he is struggling with filling in the headliner for the historic card. White ruled out Conor McGregor and Jon Jones recently revealed that he turned down the opportunity to headline to event due to his injury.
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Khamzat Chimaev Explains His Withdrawal From UFC 300 Headliner Contention
Chimaev Is Eager To Fight But Not During Ramadan
Many fans have expressed their desire to see Chimaev in action, perhaps facing off against former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya or current titleholder Dricus Du Plessis. However, the Russian fighter, who trains out of the United Arab Emirates, has dismissed such suggestions.
“I’m willing to fight anyone,” Chimaev told MMA Uncensored. ‘Whether it’s Leon Edwards, Dricus Du Plessis, or anyone else, but not during Ramadan. I believe Ramadan coincides with UFC 300. Perhaps someone in Saudi Arabia. I would like to fight there. I won’t be fighting during Ramadan anymore.’
Ramadan begins on March 10 and ends on April 9, during which practicing Muslims are required to observe strict fasting, abstaining from food and water during daylight hours. In 2022, Chimaev fought Gilbert Burns in one of his toughest fights just days after Ramadan commenced, marking his final bout at welterweight.
Subsequently, he competed at a catchweight against Kevin Holland winning the fight easily in the first round before transitioning to middleweight for his most recent fight against Kamaru Usman.
Usman also gave the undefeated fighter one of his toughest outings after taking the fight at short notice in his debut at middleweight.
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Potential UFC 300 Headliners
Ariel Helwani Breaks Down The Four Options, Two Involving Chimaev
In a recent segment on The MMA Hour, journalist Ariel Helwani unveiled that the UFC 300 main event is currently being narrowed down to four potential matchups.
“The leading choice appears to be Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev,” Helwani disclosed on Monday.
Helwani also outlined three other fights under consideration: Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad, Israel Adesanya vs. Dricus du Plessis, and Khamzat Chimaev vs. Dricus du Plessis. He suggested that the final decision hinges partly on whether Khamzat Chimaev can secure permission to travel to the United States for the bout, noting that his last fight on U.S. soil was a victory against Kevin Holland at UFC 279.
Meanwhile, UFC Middleweight Champion Dricus du Plessis is a potential candidate to headline UFC 300 against either Israel Adesanya or Chimaev.
However, Chimaev has shut down the potential of his return at the event; therefore, it appears UFC has two options.