Poisoning: one of the reasons Chimaev withdrew from the fight against Whittaker has been named

One of the reasons why Khamzat Chimaev withdrew from his fight against former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has been revealed. Today, a representative of Khamzat's team reported that the fighter may have been poisoned.

"One of the options being considered is poisoning. But that will require a diagnosis," the source said.

The bout between Chimaev and Whittaker was supposed to headline the UFC's inaugural event in Saudi Arabia, which takes place June 22. As a result, Ikram Aliskerov will take the fight with Whittaker instead of Chimaev.