Brit Leon Edwards to face Khamzat Chimaev in huge welterweight clash on March 13 after twice being axed due to Covid-19

LEON EDWARDS has once again had his UFC return rescheduled as he faces Khamzat Chimaev in a welterweight headliner on March 13.

The pair were initially set to fight on December 19, only for Edwards to tested positive for coronavirus.

It was then moved to January 20, in a midweek main-event on Fight Island, before Chimaev was ruled out with Covid-19.

Edwards, 29, offered to fight either Michael Chiesa or Neil Magny, who have instead filled in on Abu Dhabi.

But instead the Brit will face Chimaev, 24, in two months time with a venue yet to be announced.

Edwards has endured a frustrating period since his last fight, all the way back in July 2019 when he beat Rafael dos Anjos, 36.

The Birmingham striker was due to take on former champion Tyron Woodley in March last year, only for the UFC London event to be axed.

Unable to travel to the US amid restrictions, Gilbert Burns, 34, filled in as a replacement, beating Woodley, 38, to earn him a shot at the title.

Brazilian Burns will now challenge for Kamaru Usman belt at UFC 258 in February.

Edwards is still campaigning on an eight-fight winning streak and finds himself ranked No3 in the 170lb rankings.

Despite his offer to move on from the Chimaev fight, UFC president Dana White was adamant the match-up would be salvaged.

White told ESPN: “That’s the fight to make. I love that fight.

"They both already agreed to it, so we’ll get it figured out. We’ll turn that around as quick as we can.

"Just want to make sure both guys are healthy; both guys had Covid.”

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