White: Chimaev’s next fight will be UFC headliner


ABU DHABI – UFC president Dana White says Khamzat Chimaev will indeed be headlining an event in his next fight.

“No, he’ll fight in Vegas,” White told reporters, including MMA Junkie, during the UFC 253 press conference at Yas Island.

Though White didn’t mention the opponent, Chimaev was previously double booked to face Gerald Meerschaert, then former two-time UFC title challenger, Demian Maia.

White did not provide a timeline for Chimaev’s first headlining appearance. Given the current event timeline, though, it’s likely to be in November or December.

As far as the opponent goes, it appears Chimaev is prepared to take on anyone at either middleweight or welterweight.


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