Khamzat Chimaev vs. Leon Edwards is getting eerily close to Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson territory as the fight has been scrapped yet again.
UFC President Dana White tells ESPN that Chimaev has pulled out of the Edwards fight on March 13 due to lingering effects of COVID-19 after testing positive late last year. The fight has now fallen through three times. It was originally scheduled for Dec. 19 but Edwards tested positive for the novel coronavirus. It was rescheduled for Jan. 20 but this time Chimaev pulled out for COVID-19.
White, who had heavily advocated for the fight, says the UFC will move on and try to match-up Edwards with somebody else. Edwards (18-3) is currently ranked number three in the UFC welterweight division; however, he has not fought since a unanimous decision win over Rafael dos Anjos in July 2019. He is riding an eight-fight winning streak dating back to a 2015 unanimous decision loss to Kamaru Usman.
Chimaev (9-0) burst onto the scene with three consecutive UFC wins between July and September of last year.