Outside of UFC Saudi Arabia, Chimaev is experiencing a worrying streak and brings new headaches to the organization

After leaving the confrontation with Robert Whittaker, the middleweight sees his fifth main fight need to be canceled or postponed

One of Ultimate's main promises in recent years, Khamzat Shimaev once again disappointed the organization by being placed on a big stage. After being hospitalized and need to withdraw from the duel in front of Robert whittaker No. UFC Saudi Arabia, the Emirati star saw his fifth main fight canceled by the company.

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Between 2020 and 2021, Chimaev had three fights canceled against the Englishman Leon edwards, all of which would lead the organization's cards. For different reasons, such as Covid for the Emirati star and injuries to both athletes, the long-awaited clash never got off the ground.


In September 2022, Khamzat would headline his first numbered event in the organization. The expectation surrounding the star was so great that Ultimate placed him as the protagonist against the veteran Nate diaz, even without the duel being worth a belt, a tradition on pay-per-view cards.

However, at the official weigh-in, Chimaev did not fulfill his obligation with the scales, was almost 4kg above the welterweight division limit and messed up the entire main card. Finally, after much controversy, Khamzat was removed from the main fight and placed face to face with Kevin holland, finishing the North American quickly in the first round.


With less than two weeks left until the duel with Robert whittaker No. UFC Saudi Arabia, Chimaev had to be hospitalized due to an undisclosed illness and was replaced by Ikram Aliskerov on the card that takes place this Saturday (22). In recent days, rumors have emerged about the Emirati star's possible retirement, which was promptly denied by his manager.

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