Khamzat Chimaev vs. Leon Edwards won’t be happening on January 20.
The welterweight clash between Chimaev and Edwards was supposed to headline a UFC Fight Island event in Abu Dhabi. The bout had been planned for December 19 but a positive COVID-19 test on Edwards’ end put a halt to that. Now, the rescheduled date has been scrapped.
Frontkick Online reports that Chimaev has been removed from his planned matchup with “Rocky.”
Khamzat Chimaev is in fact OFF the Jan 20th card.
At this point, it is unclear if the fight will get rebooked for a third time. pic.twitter.com/hReq4AEo8h
— WWW.FRONTKICK.ONLINE (@FrontkickOnline) December 29, 2020
“Khamzat Chimaev is in fact OFF the Jan 20th card. Sources confirm Khamzat Chimaev
will no longer be fighting against Leon Edwards on UFC Fight Island 8. Reason undisclosed. At this point, it is unclear if the fight will get rebooked for a third time.”
This was considered to be the toughest test of Chimaev’s pro MMA career. The Chechen fighter training in Sweden has been riding a wave of momentum. He is a perfect 9-0 and has been likened to a more aggressive version of UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. In his last outing, Chimaev knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds.
As for Edwards, it is yet another bump in the road for his return to the Octagon. “Rocky” has not competed since July 20, 2019. Time will tell if the UFC attempts to book this bout once more.