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Kamaru Usman steps in to fight Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294. Photo via UFC (Twitter)

Khamzat Chimaev has a new opponent for UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi.

“Borz” was originally scheduled to compete against Paulo Costa, but as the Brazilian was forced to pull out, former welterweight champion Kamaru Usman accepted the fight on short notice.

The fight will go on as a middleweight matchup.

Usman, who moves up to 185 lbs following back-to-back welterweight title fight losses to champion Leon Edwards, commented on the fight on social media.

“Let’s do what we do,” Usman said.

 

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The UFC 294 lineup with Khamzat vs. Usman

UFC 294 will take place in Abu Dhabi on Saturday October 21.

After Charles Oliveira pulled out due to an injury, the new lightweight main event features a rematch between champion Islam Makhachev and strawweight champion Alexander Volkanovski.

Main card

  • Lightweight title bout: Islam Makhachev (c) vs. Alexander Volkanovski
  • Middleweight bout: Paulo Costa vs. Khamzat Chimaev
  • Light heavyweight bout: Magomed Ankalaev vs. Johnny Walker
  • Middleweight bout: Nassourdine Imavov vs. Ikram Aliskerov
  • Bantamweight bout: Said Nurmagomedov vs. Muin Gafurov

Preliminary card

  • Flyweight bout: Tim Elliott vs. Muhammad Mokaev
  • Lightweight bout: Mohammad Yahya vs. Trevor Peek
  • Middleweight bout: Abu Azaitar vs. Sedriques Dumas
  • Lightweight bout: Mike Breeden vs. Anshul Jubli
  • Featherweight bout: Nathaniel Wood vs. Muhammad Naimov
  • Women’s Strawweight bout: Victoria Dudakova vs. Jinh Yu Frey
  • Middleweight bout: Sharabutdin Magomedov vs. Bruno Silva

* Fight card is a subject of change.

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