Khamzat Chimaev Declines UFC 300, Cites Religious Reasons

Chimaev Chooses Faith Over Fight at UFC 300

Swedish MMA sensation Khamzat Chimaev has officially ruled himself out of the running for UFC 300, attributing his decision to the observance of Ramadan. Amid swirling rumors of a potential title fight against Leon Edwards or even a middleweight bout versus Dricus du Plessis, the undefeated “Borz” has chosen faith over the octagon for now. This development throws a wrench into the UFC’s plans for their landmark 300th event, which had fans buzzing with anticipation after MMA journalist Ariel Helwani teased Chimaev’s involvement in not one, but two title match considerations.



Chimaev’s last appearance in the octagon was a victory over Kamaru Usman in October, a win that solidified his position in the UFC hierarchy. However, his adherence to the religious practice of fasting during Ramadan, which falls around the time of UFC 300, means fans will have to wait a bit longer to see him back in action. The fighter expressed a willingness to compete in Saudi Arabia post-Ramadan, eyeing a potential bout in Riyadh on June 22.


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While Chimaev steps back due to his beliefs, other fighters like Belal Muhammad may still partake in UFC 300, showcasing the diverse approaches to faith and fighting within the sport.


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“I will face anyone, Leon (Edwards), (Dricus) du Plessis, anyone, but not during Ramadan.” – Khamzat Chimaev

“Maybe someone in Saudi Arabia. I want to fight there. Not fight during Ramadan anymore.” – Khamzat Chimaev

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