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Ramadan Rules Out UFC 300 Bout for Khamzat Chimaev

Khamzat Chimaev's highly anticipated return to the UFC octagon won't be happening at UFC 300 in April, according to recent reports. The undefeated fighter has been out of action since his clash with former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman last October, where he emerged victorious by majority decision.

Khamzat Chimaev

Initially expected to face Paulo Costa in a title eliminator, Chimaev's plans were derailed when Costa withdrew from the bout. Instead, Chimaev faced and defeated Usman, earning himself a shot at the title. Although he was passed over for the title shot in favor of Dricus du Plessis, who defeated Robert Whittaker in a title eliminator, Chimaev remains a top contender in the middleweight division.

Recent reports from MMA reporter Ariel Helwani suggested that Chimaev was in talks to fight either Dricus du Plessis or Leon Edwards at UFC 300. Du Plessis recently claimed the middleweight title by defeating Sean Strickland, while Edwards successfully defended his welterweight title against Colby Covington in December.

However, Chimaev himself indicated on Instagram that he will not be fighting during Ramadan, which begins on April 2nd and ends on May 2nd. This effectively rules him out of contention for a spot on the UFC 300 card, which takes place on April 13th.

Despite the setback, UFC 300 is shaping up to be an exciting event, with several title fights already confirmed. Justin Gaethje will defend his ceremonial 'BMF' championship against Max Holloway, while Zhang Weili will face Yan Xiaonan for the strawweight title. Additionally, former PFL tournament winner Kayla Harrison is set to make her promotional debut against Holly Holm.


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