Chimaev's manager reveals complications that prevented the athlete from facing Whittaker

Middleweight standout was removed from the clash against Australian after needing to be admitted to hospital; fight would take place on June 22

Khamzat Shimaev is out of UFC Saudi Arabia. Photo: Reproduction/Instagram @khamzat_chimaev

Cast to star UFC Saudi Arabia on June 22, Khamzat Shimaev He was forced to give up the biggest opportunity of his career due to medical problems. After official announcement that duel against Robert whittaker was cancelled, Majdi Shammas, the athlete's manager, publicly declared that he prevented his fighter from appearing against the Australian.

” (…) The persistent illness that Khamzat has been battling for much of the training period could not be cured in time. He was in and out of hospitals several times. The condition was maintained within the team, as everyone was absolutely committed to finding a solution. While all available options have been considered thoroughly, it has now reached a point where the team has mutually agreed that it is not possible to continue like this. Entering the cage without being properly prepared against an opponent as formidable as Robert is, unfortunately, impossible”, declared the businessman on his official account. Instagram.


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Still in the publication, Majdi apologized to everyone involved in the confrontation and regretted the loss of the unprecedented opportunity to perform in Saudi Arabia.

“This is a devastating turn of events for Khamzat, his coaches, training partners and other team members. Headlining the UFC's first visit to Saudi Arabia was a huge honor and highly anticipated. While the cause is far beyond anyone's control, a sincere apology is extended to the UFC, Dana White, Mick Maynard, Sean Shelby, Hunter Campbell, His Highness Mr. Turki Alalshik, Robert whittaker and his team and, most importantly, to the fans who were looking forward to the fight.”


R. Whittaker and Khamzat Shimaev they would face each other on June 22. Photo: Reproduction/Montage SUPER FIGHTS

Despite the turnaround, the athlete was replaced by Ikram Alieskerov, who will face Robert whittaker in the main event of the event.


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