Dana White has revealed when Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev's eagerly-anticipated clash will now take place — Fightful has the story on when these fighters will square-off and all the recently announced fights all in one convenient article.
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Dana White announces plans for Edwards vs. Chimaev
The UFC will begin the new year in Abu Dhabi on Fight Island and a new fight has been announced. White revealed to Aaron Bronsteter that welterweight contender Leon Edwards (no. 3) and Khamzat Chimaev (no. 15) will now face off on the UFC Jan 20 Card. The pair had been scheduled to close out the year at UFC Vegas 17 but after Edwards tested positive for coronavirus. the promotion had to postpone their bout.
Just finished up an interview with Dana White who tells me that the plan is to have Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev headline the Wednesday, January 20th card, which is targeted to take place in Abu Dhabi.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) December 10, 2020
Amanda Ribas has a new opponent at UFC 257
Amanda Ribas (no .8) will now take on Marina Rodriguez at UFC 257 after Michelle Waterson (no. 7) was forced to pull out of the fight. MMA Fighting reported that "The Karate Hottie" hasn't disclosed the reasons for her withdrawal, who was coming off of a win over Angela Hill (no. 12) in September. Ribas will now face off with Marina Rodriguez (no. 9) according to AG Sport. Rodriguez last lost to Carla Esparza and will now be looking to capitalize on this situation.
Sergey Spivak vs. Jared Vanderaa removed from UFC 256 after positive COVID-19 test
I can confirm reports that Jared Vanderaa vs. Sergey Spivak is OFF #UFC256. Vanderaa tested positive for COVID-19, per sources.— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) December 10, 2020
Vanderaa spoke out on his TikTok account and seemed in good spirits despite the setback.