Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson Calls for a Number #3 vs #5 Matchup Against Leon Edwards as Khamzat Chimaev Fights Falls off Once Again

Published 02/11/2021, 9:56 PM EST
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE – MARCH 23: Stephen Thompson walks to the Octagon prior to his welterweight bout against Anthony Pettis during the UFC Fight Night event at Bridgestone Arena on March 23, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


The raging pandemic has derailed a lot of fights this year. Multiple fighters have tested positive due to which fights have had to be canceled last minute. While that has come as a boon to some, it has been a bane to others. Recent reports suggest that the fight between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev has been canceled once again. 

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The fight between the up-and-coming Chimaev and ‘Rocky’ was set to headline the fight card on March 13th. The UFC will now start its hunt for a potential replacement for ‘Borz’ in the welterweight division. 

This is the third time that the fight has been canceled. Edwards and Chimaev were initially set to face each other towards the tail end of 2020. However, a positive test ruled Edwards out of the fight due to which the fight was rescheduled for January 2021 on Fight Island. 

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Unfortunately, this time around it was ‘Borz’ who had to withdraw due to lingering effects of COVID-19. Due to which the fight was rescheduled for March 13th and has once again been canceled. 

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Will Leon Edwards take on Stephen Thompson as a replacement?

The fight between Edwards and Chimaev was an extremely hyped fight and one that fans wanted to see. It was set to be a litmus test for ‘Borz’ to see how he would fare against a top welterweight in Edwards. 

Hoping for a full recovery for @KChimaev !! @Leon_edwardsmma let’s give the fans what they want to see! #3 vs #5! #makessense #Respectfully https://t.co/QXvTMr6RLz

— Stephen Thompson (@WonderboyMMA) February 12, 2021

Now that ‘Borz’ is no longer able to fight on March 13th, there are a host of options as to how can fight Edwards next month. ‘Wonderboy’ threw his name in the mix by tweeting, “Hoping for a full recovery for @KChimaev !! @Leon_edwardsmma let’s give the fans what they want to see! #3 vs #5! #makessense #Respectfully”

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Thompson is ranked number 5 in the UFC’s welterweight division. He is on an impressive two-fight win streak over the likes of Geoff Neal and Vicente Luque. A fight against Leon Edwards would be a perfect opportunity to decide who gets to challenge for the title next. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 19: Stephen Thompson reacts after his victory over Geoff Neal in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on December 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

Rocky’ is on an eight-fight win streak at the moment and a win in his next fight all but guarantees that he will fight for the title next. A win over ‘Wonderboy’ would be huge for Edwards. 

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What do you make of a matchup between Edwards and Thompson? 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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