Robert Whittaker vs. Khamzat Chimaev Main Event UFC Saudi Arabia

Khamzat Chimaev, UFC 279
Khamzat Chimaev, UFC 279 ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Gabriel Gonzalez/Cageside Press

The UFC’s first trip to Saudi Arabia will bring a banger of a main event as former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker will face Khamzat Chimaev on June 22.

UFC CEO Dana White made the announcement on social media.

Robert Whittaker (25-7) will make his return to the octagon following a successful trip to Anaheim, CA where he took a decision victory over Paulo Costa. He is 3-2 in his last five outings in the octagon, and he’ll step into a very high-profile bout in Saudi Arabia.

Chimaev (13-0) took a victory over former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 294 last October. Following a big weight miss at UFC 279 Chimaev’s future looks to be in the middleweight division for the time being.

Other bouts announced for UFC Saudi Arabia include the co-main event setting up an all-Russian bout between Sergei Pavlovich and Alexander Volkov.

Pavlovich comes off a TKO loss to now interim heavyweight champion Tom Aspinall at UFC 295 last November. Prior to that he had a run of 4 consecutive victories in the octagon.

Volkov (37-10) had just days ago been announced for a bout with Jailton Almeida at UFC 302, but now pivots to Saudi Arabia. He’s on a 3-fight win streak with victories over Jairzinho Rozenstruik, Alexandr Romanov and Tai Tuivasa.

Some other fights announced for the card include:

  • Kelvin Gastelum vs. Daniel Rodriguez
  • Johnny Walker vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Shara Bullet vs. Ihor Potieria