Leon Edwards Speaks On Removal From UFC Vegas 17 Card

Leon Edwards has issued a statement on his removal from the UFC Vegas 17 card.

Edwards was expected to share the Octagon with Khamzat Chimaev on December 19. It was going to be the UFC’s final fight of 2020. Instead, that honor will go to Stephen Thompson vs. Geoff Neal. That’s because Edwards tested positive for COVID-19 and was forced off the event.

Another setback, but when you come from the mud you learn to put everything in perspective. This virus has affected many lives and families much worse than mine. Looking forward to getting this rebooked soon, thank you all for the well wishes.”

Edwards hasn’t competed since July 20, 2019. Edwards was going to fight former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley earlier this year but the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to that plan. “Rocky” is riding an eight-fight winning streak. He hasn’t suffered a loss since December 19, 2015.

As for Chimaev, this would’ve easily been the biggest test of his pro MMA career. Chimaev has been on the fast track under the UFC banner. He is just 9-0 but UFC President Dana White already has high hopes for him. Many have likened Chimaev’s fighting style to that of UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.

We’ll keep you up to date once the UFC reschedules Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev.

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