Dana White Still Plans To Book Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev
UFC President Dana White hasn’t given up on Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev.
Edwards vs. Chimaev was scheduled for December 19 to close out 2020 for the UFC. Both men ended up testing positive for COVID-19. While Edwards and Chimaev weren’t able to mix it up last year, there is still hope for the welterweight clash.
Speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, White said that this fight will be made.
Edwards vs. Chimaev is still in the plans 👀
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) January 11, 2021
“That’s the fight to make. I love that fight. They both already agreed to it, so we’ll get it figured out. We’ll turn that around as quick as we can. Just want to make sure both guys are healthy; both guys had COVID.”
Edwards hasn’t competed since July 20, 2019. He is riding an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since December 2015. That defeat came at the hands of current UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.
Chimaev has an undefeated record of 9-0. All three of his UFC bouts have ended in a finish. He’s coming off a 17-second knockout victory over Gerald Meerschaert back in September 2020. The other two victories under the UFC banner were against Rhys McKee and John Phillips.
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