The two of the best Welterweights will not be fighting each other, confirms Dana White. The Russian fighter Khamzat Chimaev was all set to fight the British-Jamaican star, Leon Edwards on March 13 in the main event of a UFC Fight Night.
This fight was very much looked forward to as both the fighters have been in incredible form. Khamzat has been undefeated in the promotion with a record 9-0-0. The “Borz” is coming off a KO win against Gerald Meerschaert. His Jamaican opponent meanwhile, is coming off an 8-fight consecutive winning streak looking to get his 9th victory.
However, according to ESPN, the UFC president has confirmed that the fight is going to be canceled again. The reason being Chimaev is reportedly still suffering from the COVID-19 virus effects. The fighter is not fit to take on Leon.
UFC to move on from the match-up says, Dana White
This is the third time the fight has been called off. The two men were first scheduled to fight on December 19, but Edwards contracted the virus and had to be pulled out. A rearranged match on January 20th had to be canceled on account of the Russian contracting the virus.
Dana White has claimed that the UFC will move on from this unfortunate matchup after yet another setback. UFC president also said that Edwards might be moved to a different date and a new opponent will be given.
The 29-year-old from Kingston has not fought since the July of 2019. The long gap will take a huge toll on his form for sure. Dana White said, “Leon has been on a roll and knocking out guys,”. “Of course, if Leon goes out there and wins impressively, absolutely I believe he deserves the shot. We’ll see what happens with that.”