Rumors about Chimaev’s potential involvement picked on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, when MMA Combating’s Ariel Helwani revealed that the undefeated Chechen has been floated as a potential opponent by the UFC for both middleweight champion Dricus du Plessis or welterweight champion Leon Edwards in two of the matchups the promotion has regarded to ebook as a essential occasion. Sadly, with the holy month of Ramadan ending simply days earlier than UFC 300 begins on April 13, Chimaev says he received’t be obtainable for that card.
“I’ll combat everyone,” Chimaev informed MMA Uncensored. “Leon [Edwards], [Dricus] du Plessis, anybody, however not [during] Ramadan. I believe Ramadan [is during] UFC 300.
“Possibly any person in Saudi Arabia. I wish to combat there. Not combating in Ramadan anymore.”
Ramadan begins on March 10 and ends on April 9, with working towards Muslims required to look at strict fasting with no meals or water by any means throughout daytime hours. The UFC’s debut journey to Saudi Arabia is scheduled to happen June 22 in Riyadh.
Again in 2022, Chimaev fought Gilbert Burns simply days after Ramadan started in what was finally his last combat at welterweight. Chimaev then fought at a catchweight towards Kevin Holland adopted by a transfer to middleweight for his most up-to-date bout towards Kamaru Usman.
This yr, Ramadan ends simply as UFC 300 combat week begins, which suggests Chimaev can be ending up a month-long quick earlier than competing.
After all, Chimaev isn’t the one Muslim who has handed on combating round Ramadan. Former UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov famously refused to compete anyplace round Ramadan throughout his profession, which normally meant his fights have been reserved for the primary or final a part of any given yr.
In the meantime, Belal Muhammad has fought throughout Ramadan all through his profession, though he admits it’s a private selection that he makes whereas respecting anybody else who opts out.
“I’m simply a kind of the place I’ve been doing it my entire life,” Muhammad said back in 2018. “Like in highschool, I performed soccer and I all the time educated round Ramadan, and I really feel like these days it’s harder. Like mentally, it pushes me to an entire completely different degree.”