Khamzat Chimaev is Ruled Out of UFC on ABC 6 Main Event, Robert Whittaker will Fight…..

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The UFC’s debut in Saudi Arabia has encountered a setback. Khamzat Chimaev, the undefeated rising star, has been forced to withdraw from the main event against former champion Robert Whittaker due to illness. As a result, Ikram Aliskerov steps in as the new headliner for UFC on ABC 6.

Khamzat Chimaev’s Withdrawal

Chimaev (13-0 MMA, 7-0 UFC) was slated to face Whittaker (25-7 MMA, 16-5 UFC) in a middleweight title eliminator bout. However, he fell ill and had to pull out of the June 22 matchup at Kingdom Arena in Riyadh. His absence leaves fans disappointed, as he had been on a record-setting streak since his UFC debut in 2020.

Aliskerov Takes Center Stage

Replacing Khamzat Chimaev is Ikram Aliskerov (17-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC), one of Chimaev’s former opponents. Aliskerov was initially scheduled to fight Antonio Trocoli in the UFC on ESPN 58 co-main event but will now step up to face Whittaker. The sudden change in opponents adds intrigue to the event, as Aliskerov aims to make the most of this unexpected opportunity.

Whittaker’s Readiness

Whittaker, a former champion, expressed his willingness to accept a replacement opponent. He posted on  social media , declaring that he’s ready for “anyone, anywhere, anytime.” His determination remains unwavering despite the last-minute switch.

Updated UFC on ABC 6 Lineup

The revised fight card for UFC on ABC 6 now includes:

  • Main Event: Robert Whittaker vs. Ikram Aliskerov
  • Sergei Pavlovich vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Daniel Rodriguez
  • Melsik Baghdasaryan vs. Muhammad Naimov
  • Volkan Oezdemir vs. Johnny Walker
  • Joilton Lutterbach vs. Shara Magomedov
  • Jared Gordon vs. Nasrat Haqparast
  • Nicolas Dalby vs. Rinat Fakhretdinov
  • Farid Basharat vs. Montel Jackson
  • Muin Gafurov vs. Kyung Ho Kang
  • Magomed Gadzhiyasulov vs. Brendson Ribeiro.

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