Leon Edwards Tests Positive for COVID, Out of Chimaev Fight

Leon Edwards
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica stands in his corner prior to facing Rafael Dos Anjos in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The highly anticipated December 19th bout between #3 UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards and the highly touted prospect and #15 ranked contender Khamzat Chimaev has been cancelled after Edwards contracted COVID-19. The story was broken by ESPN journalist Ariel Helwani. The UFC is hoping to rebook Edwards vs. Chimaev early next year. It comes on the heels of false news that the fight was off because Chimaev had contracted COVID-19, but this was later shown to be false.

Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev Canceled

Edwards has not fought since July of last year, when he defeated former UFC lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos. Chimaev has fought three times this year in the UFC. He has defeated John Phillips, Rhys McKee and Gerald Meerschart, earning Performance of the Night bonuses for all three bouts. In addition, the ten day turnaround between the Phillips and McKee fights represents the fastest time between two fights in the history of the modern UFC. The fight against Edwards represents a significant leap in competition for Chimaev. Prior to the announcement of the bout, Chimaev was not yet ranked at any division.

It is expected that the new main event for UFC Fight Night 183 will be #5 ranked welterweight contender Stephen Thompson versus #11 ranked contender Geoff Neal. Thompson comes off of a decision win over Vicente Luque. Neal comes off of a first round TKO victory over Mike Perry.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. […] Khamzat Shimaev, the eagerly awaited UFC middleweight and welterweight prospect, is out of the fight with Leon edwards. Their battle was originally scheduled for Jan. 20, at UFC Fight Island 8. But the undefeated Chechen-Swede has pulled out, for reasons as yet unknown. This is the second time the fight has been called off. They were previously booked to fight on December 20. But after Edwards suffered a particularly unpleasant case of COVID-19 that caused him to lose large amounts of weight, the the fight has been abandoned. […]

  2. […] Khamzat Chimaev, the highly anticipated UFC middleweight and welterweight prospect, is out of the fight with Leon Edwards. Their battle was originally planned for January 20th, at UFC Fight Island 8. But the undefeated Chechen-Swede has pulled out, for as yet undisclosed reasons. This marks the second time the fight has been called off. They were previously booked to fight on the 20th of this December. But after Edwards suffered a particularly nasty case of COVID-19 that caused him to lose large amounts of weight, the fight was scrapped. […]

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