Former UFC champion Kamaru Usman was chillin’ last night … today he’s prepping to fight Khamzat Chimaev across the world next week after Paulo Costa was pulled from the fight over an illness.
Costa and Chimaev were co-main event of UFC 294 — going down October 21 on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi — until Paulo came down with Staph infection.
The MMA star released a short statement explaining the situation … “I am hospitalized and had to do a second surgery yesterday. According to doctors, a third surgery will be necessary on Friday. So, I will not be medically cleared to fight on October 21st.”
But, have no fear … Dana White showed he’s a miracle worker once again. Just a day after saving the main event when Charles Oliveira was pulled with a laceration on his face (Alex Volkanovski will face Islam Makhachev), the UFC honcho got on the horn with Usman and his manager, Ali Abdelaziz, and we have a fight!
Of course, Usman is a legend, a future Hall of Famer, and one of the best welterweights to ever step foot in a cage. But, he’s lost two in a row to champ Leon Edwards.
Before the two fight skid, the Nigerian Nightmare won an astonishing 19 fights in a row. A win over Borz would presumably catapult Usman into the title picture in the welterweight and middleweight divisions.
As for Khamzat, Chimaev is a perfect 12-0 as a pro fighter (6-0 in the UFC) and counts victories over stars Kevin Holland and Gilbert Burns.