With the UFC expected to return to Abu Dhabi, UAE on October 22. for a UFC 281 pay-per-view showcase in the Middle East, surging welterweight contenders, Khamzat Chimaev, and Belal Muhammad have agreed – verbally at least, to share the Octagon on ‘Fight Island’.
Khamzat Chimaev, the #3 ranked contender at 170lbs, managed to land his eleventh straight victory at UFC 273 back in April in Jacksonville, Florida – defeating one-time welterweight title challenger, Gilbert Burns in a unanimous decision effort over the course of three gruelling rounds.
For Muhammad, the Chicago wrestling star managed to land his third straight victory also in April in the main event of UFC Vegas 51 – handing two-time foe, Vicente Luque a unanimous decision loss to avenge a UFC 205 first round knockout loss in November 2016.
Khamzat Chimaev offers to fight Belal Muhammad in October
Targeting a return to the Octagon before the close of the year as he attempts to inch closer toward a title shot, Chimaev offered to fight Muhammad in October of this year on ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi, UAE – with the organization set to return to the Middle East for UFC 281.
“I will fight you if you don’t take the Palestinian flag into battle @bullyb170 (Belal Muhammad),” Khamzat Chimaev tweeted.
“Respect bro…,” Belal Muhammad tweeted. “I’ll bring a flag for you too and we both fight FOR Palestine… I can’t bring the flag down to battlefield anymore even if I wanted to. But دمي فلسطيني.”
“October, Abu Dhabi,” Khamzat Chimaev tweeted.
Appearing to welcome the opportunity to stand opposite Chechen-born finishing ace, Chimaev in October, Muhammad tweeted, “Deal” – verbally agreeing to the Middle East showdown.
At the time of publication, an official headliner for the promotion’s return to Abu Dhabi, UAE has yet to be determined by the UFC, however, rumblings have linked both Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachev to a vacant lightweight title fight on that particular showing.