“Khamzat Is Either Real or He Is Not”- Dana White Speaks on Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards

Published 12/18/2020, 12:30 AM EST
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


It has been a frustrating year for Leon Edwards. ‘Rocky’, who last fought in August 2019, saw his fight in March against Tyron Woodley fall through. Furthermore, he accepted a fight against rising star Khamzat Chimaev and was set to headline the yer’s final event.  However, a positive COVID test ruled him out of the fight. 

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Dana White shares his thought process behind Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards 

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Caroline Pearce of BT Sport asked Dana White what the logic was behind matching up Leon against Khamzat. She also probed if a loss against ‘Borz’ would mean that ‘Rocky’ would lose his title shot as well. White replied, “Well listen, if you’re ranked in the top 5 and you’re worried about being derailed by a guy who that’s ranked in the top 15… Well realistically if you look at it Khamzat burst onto the scene.”

Dana continued, “I mean the guy has 1.1 million followers overnight. There’s a lot of tough guys Edwards could fight, that don’t have the same excitement value of fighting a guy like Khamzat. And Khamzat is either real or he is not, we’re going to find out. You know how you find out? You face a guy like Leon Edwards.”

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A fight against ‘Borz’ has a lot of downsides and not enough upside for Edwards. At the moment he is ranked third in the division and will most likely get the next title shot after Gilbert Burns. 

A loss against a newcomer in the UFC ranked 15th in the division will be devastating. However, if he can derail Chimaev’s hype train, he will further cement his place as the rightful number one contender and skyrocket his stock as a UFC fighter. 

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What do you make of the fight between Edwards and Chimaev? Who do you think will win? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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