Dana White Says Leon Edwards Is the Only Guy Who’s Ready to Fight Khamzat Chimaev

Published 01/15/2022, 6:09 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 19: Khamzat Chimaev of Chechnya prepares to fight Gerald Meerschaert in their middleweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on September 19, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)


Believe it or not, UFC President Dana White is one of the harshest critics of his prospects. The 52-year-old never shies away from unloading on his fighters and to get in his good books is a rather tedious task.

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However, welterweight elite Leon Edwards has achieved the feat and now commands respect from the head honcho himself. The reason is pretty simple- stepping up to Khamzat Chimaev when no one else on the division could.

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Recently, in a conversation with Adam Catterall of BT Sports, White said, “I was talking about how all these people don’t wanna fight Khamzat Chimaev. Let’s not forget Leon Edwards said yes. When Leon Edwards was next in line for a title, Leon Edwards accepted that fight. Then Khamzat got hit with COVID and all that stuff happened, so I wanted to clarify,”.

“We were talking about that in the matchmaking meeting the other day and I keep saying nobody will fight him. Leon Edwards accepted that fight and signed the bout agreement.” 

‘Rocky’ vs ‘Borz’ was set to go down in 2020. This was ages before names like Neil Magny and Gilbert Burns stepped up.

Dana White puts his stamp of approval on Leon Edwards’ title fight

Not only has White noticed ‘Rocky’s grit, but the President also has recognized the Briton’s exceptional career as well. Recently, in an interview with TSN Network, White revealed what he had in store for the #3 welterweight as he confirmed Edwards is next for the title shot.

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“100% yeah, that kid had a rough run. He deserves it. If you look at it, Colby lost to him twice, Gilbert’s lost, Leon’s next, he is number 3,” said White.

The long-awaited title fight comes to Edwards after ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ has already defended his strap five times in the past. Although it remains to be seen if ‘Rocky’ can fare better than his fellow welterweights, who were completely dominated by the champion.

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Aashish Kumar

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Aashish Kumar is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication, this Israel Adesanya fan has interned at reputed media houses and gained valuable reporting experience. Building on that experience, Aashish will look to tap into his love for combat sports and let fans benefit from his passion and journalistic expertise.

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