Khamzat Chimaev Declines UFC 300 Main Event Opportunity

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Khamzat Chimaev Declines UFC 300 Main Event Opportunity

Despite eager anticipation for his return to the octagon, Khamzat Chimaev has opted out of contention for the main event slot at UFC 300.

Speculation surrounding Chimaev’s potential involvement surfaced during Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, with reports suggesting the undefeated fighter was being considered by the UFC as a potential opponent for either middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis or welterweight champion Leon Edwards. However, Chimaev has revealed that he will not be available for the event due to the holy month of Ramadan ending just days before UFC 300 on April 13.

“I will fight everybody,” Chimaev expressed to MMA Uncensored. “Leon [Edwards], [Dricus] du Plessis, anyone, but not [during] Ramadan. I think Ramadan [is during] UFC 300.”

Chimaev, a practicing Muslim, explained that he intends to honor Ramadan and will seek opportunities to fight elsewhere, potentially expressing interest in competing in Saudi Arabia.

Ramadan, observed from March 10 to April 9, requires strict fasting during daylight hours, making it impractical for Chimaev to compete during this period. The UFC’s inaugural event in Saudi Arabia is scheduled for June 22 in Riyadh.

Chimaev’s decision reflects a common trend among Muslim fighters, with former UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov famously avoiding fights during Ramadan throughout his career. Conversely, fighters like Belal Muhammad have chosen to compete during Ramadan, citing personal motivation and the challenge it presents as part of their training regimen.

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