Khamzat Chimaev rules himself out of UFC 300 main event bout as Russian star claims he will NOT fight 'during Ramadan'... despite rumours 'Borz' was in line for title shot in Las Vegas

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  • Khamzat Chimaev has put an extremity to rumours he will conflict connected nan UFC 300 card 
  • The middleweight insisted that he could not conflict owed to nan timing of Ramadan 
  • Rumours suggested Chimaev was successful statement for a imaginable title changeable successful Las Vegas 

By James Cohen For Mailonline

Published: 05:50 EST, 13 February 2024 | Updated: 05:50 EST, 13 February 2024

Khamzat Chimaev has officially ruled himself retired of UFC 300 aft revealing he will not conflict during Ramadan. 

After beating Kamaru Usman by mostly determination backmost successful October, Chimaev claimed that he was promised a middleweight title changeable against Dricus du Plessis.

However, 'Borz' is still awaiting his adjacent conflict and it lead to galore suggesting that nan Russian prima could characteristic connected nan highly-anticipated UFC 300 card. 

While plentifulness of thrilling fights person been announced for nan Las Vegas event, nan UFC are yet to corroborate who will conflict successful nan main event. 

A middleweight title changeable betwixt du Plessis and Chimaev would've been a mouth-watering match-up but nan Russian has now put an extremity to those rumours. 

Middleweight contender Khamzat Chimaev has officially ruled himself retired of UFC 300 

UFC main Dana White is still searching for a main arena conflict for nan highly-anticipated card

Speaking to Ariel Helwani connected The MMA Hour, Chimaev said: 'I will conflict everybody. Leon [Edwards], [Dricus] du Plessis, anyone, but not [during] Ramadan. I deliberation Ramadan [is during] UFC 300'.

Unfortunately for conflict fans, nan beatified period of Ramadan ends conscionable days earlier UFC 300 originates connected April 13th, ruling nan middleweight contender retired of a bout.

Chimaev continued: 'Maybe personification successful Saudi Arabia. I want to conflict there. Not fighting successful Ramadan anymore.'

Ramadan starts connected March 10 and ends connected April 9, pinch practicing Muslims required to observe strict fasting pinch nary nutrient aliases h2o whatsoever during daytime hours. 

However, nan UFC’s debut travel to Saudi Arabia is scheduled to return spot June 22 successful Riyadh - which Chimaev suggested he has his sights group on.

Back successful 2016, erstwhile UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov besides took a walk connected fighting astatine UFC 200 show successful Las Vegas erstwhile he realised it would return spot during Ramadan. 

'I could not return portion successful nan day tournament. When nan UFC asked me, I realized...[that] UFC 200 is betwixt Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr. We will astir apt watch it connected TV,' he told

Chimaev was past successful action backmost successful October, erstwhile he defeated Kamaru Usman via decision

The Russian had been tipped for a title conflict against South African prima Dricus du Plessis

Last month, Chimaev launched a scathing onslaught connected UFC president Dana White, saying he 'promised' a title changeable and 'must reply for his words'. 

As it stands, Chimaev does not person a conflict announced and was past successful action against Kamaru Usman, who beryllium hit by determination past year. 

He claims that he was promised nan adjacent middleweight title changeable aft that encounter, pinch Dricus du Plessis now nan champion having beaten Sean Strickland astatine UFC 297 astatine nan weekend. 

When asked astir who nan adjacent challenger would be, White was non-committal contempt Chimaev claiming he was promised nan adjacent shot, perchance astatine UFC 300. 

The Chechen-born prima told ESPN: 'Who other is going to conflict him (Du Plessis)? Israel is retired [he said] until 2027. All of these guys fought each other'.