Guram Kutateladze Announced To Face Don Madge On Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards Card

Published 01/17/2021, 9:01 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – OCTOBER 18: (L-R) Guram Kutateladze of Georgia kicks Mateusz Gamrot of Poland in their lightweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on October 18, 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards have been re-booked for the third time and will face each other on March 13. However, the UFC seems to be going all-out in building one of the stronger undercards of the year. Ryan Hall will return to face Dan Ige, while Jairzinho Rozenstruik will face rising Heavyweight contender Cyril Gane.

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The UFC has added another fight to the undercard and one that may fly under the radar. Two-fight UFC veteran Don Madge will be returning to the Octagon to face Guram Kutateladze. Kutateladze is currently on a 9-fight winning streak and last fought in the UFC on the undercard of Brian Ortega vs The Korean Zombie.

A lightweight matchup between Guram Kutateladze and Don Madge has been added to UFC Fight Night on March 13, sources tell @MikeBohnMMA and I. Story coming to @MMAjunkie

— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) January 17, 2021

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Kutateladze is the favorite heading into the bout. However, Madge has been the underdog in the UFC before and pulled off a couple of strong wins. He last fought on the undercard of Khabib Nurmagomedov vs Dustin Poirier at UFC 242.

Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards: Shaping up to be one solid card?

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This card will be the delight of almost any hardcore MMA fan. In the three big-fights of the night, the viewer is getting everything. Dam Ige against submission wizard Ryan Hall is a fight most hardcore fans will be glued to. The heavyweight clash between Cyril Gane and Jairzinho Rozenstruik is guaranteed to provide fireworks, as both men are aggressive strikers.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 24: Khamzat Chimaev of Czechia poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 24, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The main event is still the most intriguing fight on the card. Considering how Max Holloway beat the #6 ranked contender yesterday, traditional MMA math would say that #15 Khamzat Chimaev shouldn’t be competitive against #3 Leon Edwards. However, the UFC is fully betting on Chimaev’s potential and giving him a star-making opportunity early.

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Edwards can get attention from the casual fans that have ignored his body of work in the UFC. This will further legitimize Edwards, eventually battling for the UFC Championship. This will be a fascinating card with a terrific main event.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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