The UFC President Dana White has revealed that the company is targeting a new date for the eagerly anticipated welterweight clash between Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards. The duo was supposed to fight at the final UFC event of 2020; however, it fell through after the former tested positive for the coronavirus.
Leon Edwards lost almost 12 pounds during his time with the virus and was unable to recover in time for the bout. ‘Rocky’ released a very heartfelt and positive statement on Twitter after the news of him withdrawing from the fight broke. The man received a lot of support from his supporters and fans.
Edwards hasn’t competed since July 2019 when he took on and defeated Rafael dos Anjos with a decision at the end of 5 rounds. He will have had no fights in almost 18 months ahead of his bout against the dangerous ‘Borz’.
Meanwhile, Khamzat Chimaev has had a brilliant 2020. He broke onto the scene this year with 3 victories crammed in the span of just over 2 months. His initial two victories came in just 11 days apart from each other over John Phillips and Rhys McKee.
He once again returned to the octagon in September and knocked the lights off Gerald Meerschaert in a mere 17 seconds into the fight.
Chimaev has been pushed into the international spotlight and has proved himself. He has gathered support and crafted a unique persona in absolutely no time. A win against Edwards will get him even more supporters. Furthermore, it will fast track him to a title shot.
Setting their eyes on January 20, 2021, both these welterweight contenders will be looking for the win. What do you think will go down once these two fighters touch gloves?
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