BREAKING: Khamzat Chimaev Out- Fight Against Leon Edwards May Never Happen in Near Future

Published 02/11/2021, 10:04 PM EST
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 UFC welterweight scrap between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev has once again been canceled for the third straight time. The two were set to battle on March 13, 2021, however, COVID-19 continues to ravage this particular booking. Chiefly, Chimaev is still reeling from the effects of contracting the virus and will undergo treatment to his lungs per Dana White.

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The two were scheduled to face off on two occasions, and COVID-19 was the reason that the fight hasn’t happened thus far. Leon Edwards was the first fighter to withdraw back out of their December 19, 2020 booking. Subsequently, the two were placed as headliners again for a January 20, 2021 card, but ‘Borz’ Chimaev pulled out.

UFC President Dana White on Edwards vs Chimaev cancelation

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Dana White was quite disappointed that Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev was off the table once again. The fight has been talked about to death, and there are multiple aspects about it that were intriguing from the jump. Additionally, White also revealed that the fight won’t be rebooked and Edwards will have a new dance partner.
LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 23: UFC President Dana White attends a news conference for the bout between boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor at the KA Theatre at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on August 23, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Mayweather and McGregor will meet in a super welterweight boxing match at T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
“I’m so bummed out. I was so excited. That was one of my favorite fights this year,” White told ESPN. “The one thing you have to look at right now is health. Let’s make sure this guy is healthy, get him the best care we can and make sure he makes a full recovery.”
“[Matchmaker Sean Shelby] is literally in the other room right now working on a new fight for Leon Edwards,” White added.

The curse continues- Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev

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The fight was once expected to be the biggest welterweight feature fight of perhaps the entire year. It’s likely the UFC brass will decide to entirely look past booking the bout again, and it’s easy to see why. Leon Edwards who’s had a traditionally hard time finding fights will sit out once more.
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)
Not to mention, the ‘Breakout Fighter of 2020’ in Khamzat Chimaev has definitely lost some amount of momentum coming in. After some scintillating performances in a row, he’s now had a meaningful period away from the cage. However, getting back to prime form is of utmost importance and that will be within Khamzat Chimaev’s team priority list.

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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