Dana White Blasts Fake Adesanya vs. Chimaev Bout Announcement

"Complete CLOWNS!" - Dana White's fiery response.

In an unexpected turn of events, the MMA community was set ablaze with rumors of a high-profile match between former UFC champion Israel Adesanya and Khamzat Chimaev. These rumors were fueled by an announcement on the official website of the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, detailing a bout scheduled for June 23rd. Dana White, the UFC President, was quick to denounce these claims as entirely false, expressing his frustration on social media by labeling those spreading the rumors as “complete CLOWNS!”

The anticipation for a showdown between Adesanya and Chimaev has been building, especially after Adesanya’s announcement of taking a break following his middleweight title loss to Sean Strickland last September. However, Eugene Bareman, Adesanya’s head coach, hinted at a potential return for “The Last Stylebender,” stirring the pot further.

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Despite Dana White’s firm stance that the fight was not happening, the possibility of such a matchup remains intriguing. Chimaev, who last fought on October 21st, defeating former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman in a closely contested bout, has been vocal about his desire to fight in Saudi Arabia. The confusion over title shot promises post-fight has left fans speculating about the future matchups.

Adesanya’s team has expressed readiness to accept the fight, albeit with concerns over a lingering injury. Bareman’s recent statements about being in a training camp and preparing for a possible June 23rd fight add layers to this evolving story.


As it stands, the authenticity of the fight announcement remains in question, but the potential for this electrifying matchup continues to captivate the MMA world’s imagination.

Dana White on Instagram: “Will not happen. Fake post. All MMA media getting in on this are part of the problem. Complete CLOWNS!”

Eugene Bareman: “We are ready to fight… Israel is ready. He’s been in a training camp… And there’s a significant chance this fight could happen on that date.”

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