Khamzat Chimaev teases clash with Adesanya amid links to UFC 300

Unbeaten middleweight standout Khamzat Chimaev is setting his sights on a colossal face-off with the former two-time divisional champion, Israel Adesanya. Chimaev posted numerous images of his rival Adesanya, suggesting an imminent return at UFC 300.

Chimaev currently holds the ninth spot in the middleweight rankings. He was last seen co-headlining UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi this past October. He is still undefeated after a majority decision victory over Kamaru Usman, the former welterweight champion.

On the other hand, Adesanya has been absent from the Octagon since his middleweight title bout against Sean Strickland in Australia last September. He was defeated via unanimous decision, which marked a significant upset. This made Adesanya the first champion in Octagon history to lose his title twice within a year.

Initially, Adesanya ruled out an active return until at least 2027 and signaled an extended hiatus. But the Nigerian-Kiwi striker has pivoted, confirming his plans for a swift comeback to the Octagon. Speculation links him to a comeback match on the grand UFC 300 card set for next April.

Addressing his absence, Israel Adesanya stated: “My last few fights I’ve had four fights in 14 months as a champion in the UFC. That’s unheard of. I was the most active champion – not fighter – champion in the league.”

“Life has forced me to take some time off, and I will. But, you will see me soon. I said ‘2027’ – and the r*tards out there actually thought I meant that. But, you’ll see.”

Following Adesanya’s unexpected reversal on his comeback plans, Khamzat Chimaev has notably expressed a keen interest in locking horns with the former two-time middleweight champion. This budding development hints at a potential collision between the two high-caliber combatants.

The stage seems set for an electrifying showdown as Chimaev’s pursuit converges with Adesanya’s return to the UFC landscape. This creates anticipation for an iconic clash between these two UFC stars.