Khamzat ‘Borz’ Chimaev is in line for his first promotional headliner it seems. The promotion is reportedly working on a matchup for the Swede on December 19th. in Las Vegas, Nevada – opposite either two-time welterweight title challenger. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson, or Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards.
Per a report from Combate’s, Raphael Marinho – Chimaev is targeted to take main event honours on the organization’s final card of this annum, with Thompson earmarked as “plan A“, although terms are yet to be agreed.
The promotion was initially scheduling an October meeting between Chimaev and former middleweight and welterweight title chaser, Demian Maia – but following the former’s stunning seventeen-second knockout win over Gerald Meerschaert earlier this month, plans for the pairing were abandoned.
The eye-catching finish for Chimaev seen him improve to 3-0 in the promotion just two months after making his first appearance under the UFC’s banner. Featuring twice in a period of just ten days in July, Chimaev utilised his smothering grappling to finish both John Phillips, and promotional newcomer, Rhys ‘Skeletor’ McKee.
A December return for Thompson would mark his first Octagon appearance since UFC 244 in November of last year at Madison Square Garden, where he lodged a dominant counter-striking unanimous judging win over the gritty, Vicente Luque.
For Team Renegade BJJ & MMA trainee, Edwards – the Birmingham-based all-rounder met with former lightweight best, Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night San Antonio in July of last year, notching a unanimous decision triumph.