Khamzat Chimaev’s manager has refuted a report claiming that the Chechen fighter is stuck in Russia without a passport.
The initial report, which emerged early yesterday via Brazilian media outlet Combate, stated that Chimaev’s passport had been confiscated upon his recent arrival in St. Petersburg, where he touched down en route to visit family in Chechnya.
While it’s true that Chimaev is indeed in Russia, it seems, if ‘Borz’ manager Majdi Shammas is to be believed, that he should have no qualms exiting the country.
With the UFC welterweight scheduled to appear at the premiere of Portuguese film “O Faixa Preta – The true story of Fernando Tererê” on October 6 in Brazil, time will tell if there is any truth to the original report.
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- Darren Till to fight Dricus Du Plessis at UFC282 on December 10th. (per Brett Okamoto)
- Cheyanne Vlismas to fight Cory McKenna at UFC Vegas 66 on December 17th (per Alex Behunin)
- Chase Sherman to fight Josh Parisian at UFC Vegas 64 on November 5th (per Nolan King)
- Hayisaer Maheshate to fight Rafa Garcia at UFC Vegas 66 on December 17th. (per Garcia’s management)
- Flyweight Champion Deiveson Figueiredo to fight Interim Champion Brandon Moreno at UFC 283 on January 21st (per Rodrigo Del Campo Gonzales)
- Ronnie Lawrence to fight Cameron Saaiman at UFC 282 on December 10th (per Mike Heck)
- Drakkar Klose to fight Mark O. Madsen at UFC Vegas 63 on October 29th (per Vegas Insider)
- Josh Parisian to fight Chase Sherman at UFC Vegas 64 on November 5th (per Nolan King)
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On this day in MMA…
On the 5th of October, 2019, Israel Adesanya unified his interim UFC Middleweight title at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia.
Adesanya faced Robert Whittaker in what was the Australian’s first official title defense, since winning the vacant belt in 2018. ‘Stylebender’ dropped Whittaker late in the first, but didn’t have time on the clock to full capitalise on the opportunity. It didn’t matter.
Midway through the second round, Adesanya caught Whittaker with a lethal counter left hook that knocked him down and out.
In the time since that bout Adesanya has notched five successful title defenses, one more over Whittaker by unanimous decision, and remains undefeated at middleweight. He’s set to face fierce kickboxing rival, Alex Pereira, in the Octagon at UFC 281 next month.