Dana White on Whittaker vs Aliskerov: Short Notice, High Stakes

“Aliskerov steps in for Chimaev against Whittaker.”

The Unexpected Matchup

The highly anticipated UFC Fight Night in Saudi Arabia will see Robert Whittaker facing Ikram Aliskerov on June 22, 2024. Originally, Whittaker was set to fight Khamzat Chimaev, but Chimaev had to withdraw due to severe illness, leading to a last-minute change in the main event.

Dana White, the UFC President, highlighted the difficulties of arranging replacement fighters on short notice.

“Yeah, it’s been a rough couple of weeks. We’ve been grinding in here, but, you know, this is what we do. This is the business. People get hurt and things happen,” White explained.

Finding someone willing to fight Whittaker on short notice proved particularly challenging.

“We literally offered this guy to everybody in the division. We were trying to get this guy fights. Nobody wanted to fight him and now Whittaker is going to fight him on short notice,” White added.

The Challenge for Whittaker

Ikram Aliskerov stepped in as a formidable replacement. With a record of 15 wins out of 16 fights, including 11 finishes, Aliskerov presents a significant challenge for Whittaker. Dana White expressed his admiration for Aliskerov’s fighting prowess:

“He’s got seven first-round finishes, six wins by knockout, five by submission. This dude is dangerous. His only loss – he’s on a seven-fight win streak – his only loss in his career is to Khamzat Chimaev. So it makes it very interesting.”


For Whittaker, who has consistently faced top-tier opponents, this fight is another opportunity to demonstrate why he remains one of the best in the middleweight division. Accepting a fight against such a dangerous opponent on short notice shows Whittaker’s fearless nature and determination to stay relevant in the title picture.


Dana White’s insights into the matchup between Robert Whittaker and Ikram Aliskerov underscore the unpredictability and high stakes of UFC events. With Chimaev sidelined, Aliskerov steps in to create a bout filled with tension and potential for explosive action. The June 22 event is set to be a memorable night for UFC fans worldwide.

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