Khamzat Chimaev will have his biggest step up yet in a challenge on December 19th, being paired against Leon Edwards in the headlining bout of a UFC “Fight Night” card. First reported by Ariel Helwani of ESPN, the fight joins a card expected to happen in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
While two of Chimaev’s past three UFC fights have happened at middleweight, the headlining bout in December will be at welterweight. Chimaev has not previously been booked for a five-round fight in his career.
Chimaev has had a short yet explosive run in the UFC, picking up three-straight victories since his promotional debut in July. He won his last bout on September 19th, stopping Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds after dropping him with one punch.
The fight is the return of Edwards, who last competed in July of 2019, defeating Rafael dos Anjos. He is a big step up in competition for Chimaev, as his win streak currently sits at eight-in-a-row.
Edwards made headlines on Thursday after he was suddenly removed from the UFC rankings on numerous platforms. He was reinstated on Friday, now sitting third in the welterweight division.
Prior to COVID-19 forcing the UFC to cancel a handful of events, Edwards was scheduled to fight Tyron Woodley in the main event of a UFC “Fight Night” in March.
A handful of other bouts have been previously reported for the December 19th event. Here’s the updated lineup.
Bout 5: Leon Edwards (18-3) vs. Khamzat Chimaev (9-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 4: Deron Winn (6-2) vs. Antonio Braga Neto (9-3) (Middleweight)
Bout 3: Belal Muhammad (17-3) vs. Sean Brady (13-0) (Welterweight)
Bout 2: Tafon Nchukwi (4-0) vs. Jamie Pickett (11-4) (Middleweight)
Bout 1: Marlon Moraes (23-7-1) vs. Rob Font (17-4) (Bantamweight)