Dana White is promising a mega-card for the UFC’s return to England in 2023, one that could feature Khamzat Chimaev competing at welterweight.
The UFC President seemed excited to talk about their upcoming trip to the U.K., and Chimaev’s last opportunity to reach the welterweight limit. This was a change from his UFC 279 main show with Nate Diaz. It forced the shuffling the top three fights at the September pay per view event.
“Khamzat would like to fight at 170,, and I’m going give him one last chance to lose weight,” White said to BT Sport .
In a separate interview with The Mac Life, it was pitched to White to have Chimaev fight former interim champion Colby Covington as the co-main event to the 170-pound championship rematch between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.
“I agree with you,” White said. White said, “I will get it done .”
Additionally, White doubled down on bringing the third meeting between Edwards and Usman to England because the “fans deserve it,” and Edwards does as well following his shocking title win over Usman at UFC 278.
“We’re coming back to England with the rematch — Leon Edwards in his home country, I’m getting goosebumps,” White told BT Sport. It’s been so many years since we have brought back a major title fight to the U.K. and now we are going to make it look like [UFC 280]..
“I’m f****** pumped. We will return to England .”