MMA Fighting learned that UFC Fight Island 8 caused a sensation because Khamzat Chimaev was forced to withdraw from the middleweight duel with Leon Leon, so new headlines are needed. Frontkick first reported the news.
It is unclear why Chimaev will not fight on January 20, and whether this promotion will put Edwards against other opponents in the main event. Neil Magny is currently booked to face Michael Chiesa (Michael Chiesa) on the same card, and he is expected to be a substitute for the main event.
The Edwards vs. Chimaev match was originally scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on December 1
“The Rock” Edwards (18-3) has not participated in the game since July 2019, when he won the eighth consecutive victory with a dominant decision on Rafael dos Anjos. Edwards also canceled five rounds of matches with Tyron Woodley in 2020 due to the pandemic. He won Gunnar Nelson and Donald Cerrone. And champions like Vicente Luque.
Chimayev (9-0) was named the MMA Fighter of the Year after removing John Phillips, Rees McGee and Gerard Merchat in 66 days.