Leon Edwards Will Not Be Headlining UFC Fight Island 8 Says Dana White

Published 01/01/2021, 11:47 PM EST
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica stands in his corner prior to facing Rafael Dos Anjos 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)


The UFC will start off the new year with an incredible run of fights on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi. Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards was booked to headlined UFC Fight Night 8. The fight was set to be an interesting matchup between an up-and-coming fighter taking on an established top welterweight.

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However, as ‘Borz’ withdrew, Leon Edwards was ready to fight a replacement. The likes of Kevin Holland and Neil Magny were up for the challenge. Unfortunately, per the UFC, Edwards too will not be fighting at Fight Island on January 20.

Read: Dana White gives an update on Khamzat Chimaev 

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Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev to be pushed back

In an interview, The Schmo asked Dana White for updates on the fight between the two men, and Leon Edwards would still headline the event.

The UFC President said, “He won’t. What we’re doing is we’re going to push that fight back. I just saw that Ali (Abdelaziz) came out today and said that he (Chimaev) had COVID. I don’t know why he wasn’t telling people that, but for some reason he did not want people to know that he had COVID.” 

White continued, “The doctor told him when he went back to the gym. I guess he was having problems with his lungs…. So they told him to take some more time off and not start training till like early January. So we’re going to push that fight back and we’re going to do Magny vs Chiesa.”

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The fight between ‘Rocky’ and ‘Borz’ was initially set to take place in December. However, a positive test ruled Edwards out of the fight. This time around it was ‘Borz’ who tested positive and had to withdraw from the bout. 

A fight between those two is something that MMA fans have been hyped about ever since the UFC announced it last year. MMA fans will be hoping that the promotion can reschedule the fight as soon as possible.

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