Khamzat Chimaev explained his refusal to participate in the UFC 300 tournament

Popular Chechen fighter Khamzat Chimaev has confirmed information that his fight against current UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards was being considered as a potential main event for the UFC 300 tournament, which takes place April 13 in Las Vegas.

“They wanted me to fight at UFC 300, but I said there was too little time for me to get down to welterweight,” Borz told FCR MMA. “I needed more time. The fight with Edwards wasn’t 100 percent guaranteed – my manager said maybe yes, maybe no. But my brother said, ‘Not in Ramadan.'”

“After Ramadan, we’ll rest, have a camp, and fight anyone. I think it will happen in the summer. I want to perform in Saudi Arabia, but it doesn’t look like anyone is burning to fight me there. We’ll see how things work out. Right now I’m just waiting for news.”

Earlier, sports columnist Ariel Helwani reported that Leon Edwards was offered to compete against Khamzat Chimaev, Islam Makhachev and Shavkat Rakhmonov, and the Briton agreed to all the fights, however, the organization was unable to implement any of these scenarios, eventually setting the main event of the anniversary event as a light heavyweight title fight between Alex Pereira and Jamal Hill.

As for the UFC’s debut event in Saudi Arabia, it will take place on June 22 in the capital city of Riyadh.