Verbal deals are in place for Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) to face Li Jingliang (17-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) on October 30 at UFC 267, which is scheduled to take place in Abu Dabi. .
Two people familiar with the game confirmed the targeted booking to MMA Junkie but asked to remain anonymous as the UFC has yet to make an official announcement. Octagon Bet first reported the game.
After a long, hard battle with the lingering effects of COVID-19, Chimaev will return for the first time since September 2020. The undefeated prospect from All Stars Gym Sweden took the UFC by storm when he notched two octagonal victories within 10 days and went on to prove his hype when he only needed 17 seconds to take out Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Fight Night 178 last fall.
Chinese Jingliang is on its own. The 33-year-old has won eight of his last 10 games and just won a first-round knockout against perennial contender Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on ABC 1 in January, which earned him a “Performance from the night ”.
With this addition, the UFC 267 range now includes:
- Champ Jan Blachowicz vs. Glover Teixeira – for the light heavyweight title
- Virna Jandiroba against Amanda Ribas
- Khamzat Chimaev vs. Li Jingliang