Ikram Aliskerov Replaces Khamzat Chimaev at UFC Saudi Arabia

“Aliskerov steps up to face Whittaker”

Chimaev Withdraws Due to Severe Illness

It has been confirmed that Khamzat Chimaev has had to withdraw from his highly anticipated match against Robert Whittaker, scheduled for June 22, 2024, due to a severe illness. Chimaev, who boasts an undefeated record of 13-0, is currently hospitalized and unable to participate in UFC’s debut event in Saudi Arabia.

Introducing Ikram Aliskerov

Ikram Aliskerov, selected to replace Chimaev, is a formidable middleweight fighter from Makhachkala, Russia. With an impressive record of 15-1, Aliskerov has quickly made a name for himself in the MMA world. His background in combat sambo has earned him multiple world championships, highlighting his versatility and danger in the octagon.

Career Highlights of Ikram Aliskerov

Aliskerov debuted in the UFC on May 6, 2023, with a knockout victory over Phil Hawes in the first round. He followed this up with a technical knockout win against Warlley Alves on October 21, 2023. Aliskerov’s only loss came against Khamzat Chimaev in 2019, but since then, he has been on a winning streak, demonstrating his ability to finish fights early with seven first-round finishes.



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Match Against Whittaker

Robert Whittaker, the former middleweight champion, is renowned for his endurance and tactical skill. Despite the late change in opponents, Whittaker remains a formidable contender with a UFC record of 16-5. The bout between Whittaker and Aliskerov promises to be an exciting clash between two of the top middleweights.

Significance of UFC Saudi Arabia

Despite Chimaev’s absence, UFC’s debut in Saudi Arabia is set to be a historic event. The fight card includes other thrilling matchups, such as the all-Russian heavyweight bout between Alexander Volkov and Sergei Pavlovich, and Kelvin Gastelum versus Daniel Rodriguez. This event marks an important step in UFC’s expansion into new territories.

Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation and follow the action as Aliskerov takes on Whittaker in one of the year’s most anticipated fights.

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