Khamzat Chimaev’s blockbuster UFC clash with Leon Edwards is CANCELLED for a second time with the Russian-born Swede ‘unable to fight on January 20 for an unknown reason’
- The fight has been called off and it is not yet clear if it will be rescheduled
- It’s been reported that Khamzat Chimaev is unable to fight on January 20
- The clash with Leon Edwards was set to be Chimaev’s first UFC main event
Khamzat Chimaev’s blockbuster UFC clash with Leon Edwards on January 20 has been cancelled for a second time.
The welterweight fight had already been pushed back from December 19 after British contender Edwards tested positive for coronavirus.
And according to RT Sport, the Abu Dhabi showdown is off again with Chimaev unable to fight next month.
Khamzat Chimaev’s huge UFC clash with Leon Edwards on January 20 has been cancelled
The reason behind the decision to call the event off is not yet totally clear though it has been reported by Frontkick that it is Chimaev’s side who have had to pull out.
The fight was set to be the Russian-born Swede’s first ever UFC main event.
Chimaev has been trading barbs with Conor McGregor in recent months and victory would have put him one step closer to securing a mega fight with the Irishman.
The 26-year-old enjoyed a breakout year in 2020, winning his first three fights in the UFC in the space of three months, including a 11-day turnaround – the shortest in the organisation’s history.
UFC president Dana White has been impressed by Chimaev’s rise and is predicting a bright future for him.
Undefeated Chimaev enjoyed a breakout 2020 and the fight was due to be his first main event
He said recently: ‘The guy is special, I’ve been in this game my whole life and I’ve never seen anything like him. He’s special, he’s different, I’ve never been in a position where I’m like, “who is next?”.
‘It’s fun and I like it. I think if you’re a fight fan, a guy like this is one that you love to watch and follow and hate. This is one of the most special fighters I’ve ever seen, if not the most special guy that I’ve ever come across. And he kept telling me, “you think I’m a wrestler, wait until you see my hands”, holy s***.
‘It’s one thing to say you want a turnaround fight but not like he did, I’ve never experienced anything like it.’
It is not yet clear if Chimaev’s fight with Edwards will be rescheduled for a second time later in 2021 or if it will be abandoned.