Rumor: Chimaev Out of UFC Saudi Arabia!

Is UFC Saudi Arabia in jeopardy?

Chimaev Reportedly Withdraws

Rumors are swirling that Khamzat Chimaev has withdrawn from his highly anticipated fight against Robert Whittaker, scheduled for June 22, 2024. This bout, a marquee event for UFC’s debut in Saudi Arabia at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, was eagerly awaited by fans. Chimaev, with an unblemished record of 13-0, was set to challenge former middleweight champion Whittaker. However, according to various sources, Chimaev may not be able to compete due to undisclosed reasons.

Imavov as a Potential Replacement

In response to these rumors, the UFC is considering Nassourdine Imavov as a potential replacement for Chimaev. Imavov, a notable contender in the middleweight division, is seen as a strong candidate to step in against Whittaker. While nothing has been confirmed yet, sources indicate that Imavov is the frontrunner for this high-profile bout.



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Whittaker’s Preparation Continues

Robert Whittaker, known for his resilience and tactical prowess, has been diligently preparing for his bout with Chimaev. With a recent unanimous decision win over Paulo Costa, Whittaker boasts a solid UFC record of 16-5. Regardless of his opponent, Whittaker remains a formidable force in the middleweight category

UFC Saudi Arabia: A Pivotal Event

The UFC event in Saudi Arabia is poised to be a historic moment, marking the organization’s expansion into new territories. Despite the uncertainty surrounding Chimaev’s participation, the fight card still promises excitement with bouts like the all-Russian heavyweight clash between Alexander Volkov and Sergei Pavlovich. Other anticipated matchups include Kelvin Gastelum vs. Daniel Rodriguez and Johnny Walker vs. Volkan Oezdemir

Stay tuned for more updates on this evolving story and the potential confirmation of Nassourdine Imavov as Chimaev’s replacement.

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