Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev derailed again; UFC scraps match-up

Leon Edwards punches Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on ESPN 4

Leon Edwards punches Rafael dos Anjos at UFC on ESPN 4

The welterweight match-up in between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev has actually been thwarted for a 3rd time.

UFC president Dana White informed ESPN on Thursday that the March 13 bout was off after Chimaev when again needed to withdraw from the battle since of remaining results from COVID-19.

The bout was at first reserved for Dec. 19, however was ditched after Edward s withdrew while dealing with a major case of COVID-19. It was rescheduled for Jan. 20, however canceled after Chimaev withdrew since of remaining health concerns from his own bout with COVID-19.

With his health concerns continuing, White informed ESPN that the UFC was going to proceed from the Edwards match-up and offer Chimaev time to completely recuperate. They will rather proceed to another match-up for Edwards.

“I’m so bummed out. I was so excited. That was one of my favorite fights this year,” White informed ESPN. “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.”

Is it time for Leon Edwards vs. Stephen Thompson?

Though White didn’t state who the UFC wanted, he showed that matchmaker Sean Shelby was currently hard at work to line up a challenger.

It may not show to be too tough of a job. Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson fasted to step up and use to eliminate Edwards.

“Hoping for a full recover for Khamzat Chimaev,” Thompson composed on Twitter. He then included, “Leon Edwards, let’s give the fans what they want to see! No. 3 vs. No. 5!”

Edwards is presently ranked No. 3 in the UFC welterweight department. Thompson sits at No. 5. Chimaev is presently ranked No. 15. So the match-up with Thompson would really be an upgrade for Edwards, a minimum of in regard to rankings.

Edwards is 18-3 and on an eight-fight winning streak. He was spotting towards a title shot, however hasn’t combated given that July 20, 2019.

COVID-19 limitations nixed a battle with previous champ Tyron Woodley in 2020. Edwards then had a difficult time lining up a battle with the UFC prior to deciding on Chimaev. The consistent rescheduling of that bout has actually resulted in now, where he requires to discover a brand-new challenger. Maybe Thompson will fit the expense.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.