News surrounding UFC 294 has been electric, as Dana White worked tirelessly to deliver the spectacle fans were clamouring for. While Paulo Costa remained steadfast in his determination to fight post-surgery on his right elbow, the UFC’s medical team had other evaluations to make.
Despite Costa’s spirit, the verdict was clear after exhaustive assessments: he was not battle-ready. The risks were too great, including a potentially lopsided fight favouring Khamzat Chimaev. This set White and his team on a mission, and they zeroed in on the perfect replacement: the No. 1 Welterweight in the world, Kamaru Usman.
The Weight Debate: Welterweight or Middleweight?
The weight class problem immediately arose. Chimaev, prepping for Middleweight and having missed Welterweight against Nate Diaz, was advised by White to ascend in class. Usman, however, will face challenges. With only 10 days to transition, he can’t rely purely on muscle building. Yet, this man is known for never shying away from challenges, having previously combated with severe hip injuries.
UFC 294’s Stacked Card
With Usman’s thirst to face off with Chimaev, White’s enthusiasm during the official announcement was palpable. UFC 294, set in Abu Dhabi, is shaping to be 2023’s most thrilling card yet. Headlined by the rematch between Islam Makhachev and Alexander Volkanovski and the co-main event by Usman vs. Chimaev, October 21 promises to be an unmissable night.