The highly anticipated fight between rising contender Khamzat Chimaev and top contender Leon Edwards has been cancelled after the Briton tested positive for COVID-19.
The news of the cancellation of the bout was first reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN. The UFC is now targeting the fight for early 2021.
Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards cancelled
Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev isn’t happening on Dec. 19, per sources. Unfortunately, Edwards recently tested positive for COVID.
UFC is hoping to re-book the fight in early 2021, sources say.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 1, 2020
“Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev isn’t happening on Dec. 19, per sources. Unfortunately, Edwards recently tested positive for COVID. UFC is hoping to re-book the fight in early 2021, sources say,” Ariel Helwani tweeted.
Meanwhile, a welterweight fight between Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal has been bumped up to the main event.
This would have been Khamzat Chimaev’s fourth outing of the year. He made his UFC debut at the Fight Island in Abu Dhabi last July. He fought John Philips at UFC on ESPN 13 and defeated him via second-round submission.
He then made a quick turn around and fought within 10-days against Rhys McKee and defeated him via TKO in the first round at UFC on ESPN 14. He later fought Gerald Meerschaert at UFC Fight Night 178 last September and knocked him out in just 17-seconds.
On the other hand, this would have been Leon Edwards’ first fight in nearly eighteen months. He last fought against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC on ESPN 4 and defeated him via unanimous decision. He was also scheduled to fight Tyron Woodley in March, but the fight got cancelled following the global lockdown and travel restrictions because of the surge in coronavirus.
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