Report: Leon Edwards Out of Khamzat Chimaev Fight Due to COVID-19
By FCF Staff
It looks like Leon Edwards will unfortunately, not fight in 2020, as it’s being reported the welterweight has contracted COVID-19 and cannot fight Khamzat Chimaev later this month as a result.
Edwards (18-3) hasn’t fought since July, 2019, when he recorded a decision win over Rafael dos Anjos. The contender was booked to fight Chimaev at the UFC’s December 19th card in Las Vegas.
ESPN is reporting, however, that sources have confirmed Edwards has contracted COVID-19. The 29-year-old has reportedly incurred serious symptoms and has lost 12 pounds in four days.
The UFC is planning to rebook the fight for early 2021, but no date has been set.
Chimaev (9-0) has gone 3-0 to date in the UFC and he has scored finishes in all three wins. Edwards would have been the first ranked fighter, however, he’s faced.
Edwards, who has won eight straight fights, is ranked #3 in the UFC’s welterweight division.