Khamzat Chimaev will not be fighting Leon Edwards on March 13.
Chimaev vs. Edwards was expected to headline the final UFC card of 2020 but plans changed due to COVID-19. Both men caught the virus and the fight was postponed. While the fight was rescheduled for January 20 and then March 13, Chimaev has not fully recovered. As a result, White told ESPN that the bout is off once again.
Speaking to Brett Okamoto, White said that Chimaev’s health is the top priority.
“I’m so bummed out. I was so excited. That was one of my favorite fights this year. 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.”
White went on to say the UFC is working on getting Edwards a new opponent.
“[Matchmaker Sean Shelby] is literally in the other room right now working on a new fight for Leon Edwards.”
This is also a tough break for Edwards. “Rocky” hasn’t competed since July 2019 when he defeated Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision. At one point, Edwards was briefly pulled from the official UFC Welterweight rankings due to inactivity despite his eight-fight winning streak.
FIGHT SPORTS will keep you posted on the latest updates regarding Khamzat Chimaev’s health and Leon Edwards’ next opponent as they become available.