Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev has been cancelled for the second time according to various reports.
FrontKick Online initially reported that the fight has been cancelled and has since been backed up by RT Sport News. Chimave was subsequently reported to have contracted COVID-19, per Combate. Edwards opponent is currently listed as "to be determined" on UFC's website. The fight was originally due for UFC Vegas 17 as the main event but was cancelled after Leon Edwards tested positive for COVID-19.
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Leon Edwards is OFF after RT Sport confirmed with sources close to the situation, after an initial report from @FrontkickOnline— RT Sport (@RTSportNews) December 29, 2020
The welterweight main event, set for January 20th on UFC Fight Island will no longer go ahead for reasons which remain unclear. pic.twitter.com/l7C4kLrYfd
MMA Island reports that Khamzat Chimaev has pulled out of the fight. UFC only confirmed the fight as happening recently with Neil Magny and Michael Chiesa were recently added to the undercard. Initial reports suggested Magny vs. Chiesa could serve as a back-up to the fight.