Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards are once more set to share the cage in the primary occasion of a UFC Combat Evening in March, and far, rather more— Fightful has all the newest battle bulletins in a single article.
Khamzat Chimaev vs. Leon Edwards To Headline UFC Combat Evening 187
After being booked as soon as for December, after which once more in January solely to crumble, the UFC has as soon as once more booked a welterweight contender bout between Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards for March.
The bout between Britain’s Edwards, and Sweden’s Chimaev was first set to headline the ultimate UFC card of the yr in late December, earlier than having to be delayed resulting from Chimaev’s COVID-19 prognosis. The battle was then re-booked for January twentieth, solely to be delayed as soon as once more resulting from issues with Chimaev’s restoration.
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Chimaev burst onto the UFC scene in 2020 with three highlight-reel finishes, together with a spectacular knockout of Gerald Meerschaert again in September. Edwards hasn’t fought since July of 2019 when he defeated Rafael dos Anjos and had an extremely snakebit 2020, that noticed fights vs. Tyron Woodley, and Chimaev fall out resulting from issues with the coronavirus.
On condition that the UFC has already been bitten as soon as by prematurely reserving Chimaev, let’s hope he’s lastly recovered and this hotly anticipated matchup can lastly come collectively.
Report: Heavyweights Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Cyril Gane Set For March thirteenth
Beneath Chimaev vs. Edwards, the UFC has seemed to arrange an explosive heavyweight matchup between Suriname’s Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and France’s Cyril Gane.
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The matchup will pair two of the UFC’s extra thrilling heavyweights every of whom are coming off stoppage wins over former UFC champion Junior dos Santos within the again half of 2020. The 2 fighters have solely gone to resolution twice mixed over their complete careers, so it will appear to be fireworks are virtually assured on this bout.
The matchup was initially reported by French outlet La Sueur, after which confirmed by MMA Fighting.
Modifications to UFC Combat Island 7
Mike Grundy has been faraway from his featherweight bout with Nik Lentz. Nik Lentz will now face Movsar Evloev on January 23 in a 150-pound catchweight bout.
Curiously Evloev’s final battle was defeating Grundy, so this might doubtlessly be a a lot harder matchup for the veteran Lentz who’s trying to bounce again after two consecutive losses to Arnold Allen and Charles Oliveira.
The middleweight bout between Tom Breese and No. 13-ranked Omari Akhemedov has been moved to Jan. 20, 2021.
This bout has merely been shuffled again every week, and it is unclear right now why this has occurred. The UFC cite “COVID-related points”, but when that was the case it appears unlikely it will be pushed again only a week. Regardless, this battle options Breese persevering with his return from psychological well being struggles, dealing with a extremely difficult opponent in ranked Russian Akhemedov.
UFC Combat Island 8 Combat Card Up to date
A bantamweight bout between Ricky Simon and UFC newcomer Gaetano Pirrello has been added to the cardboard. Pirrello owns a powerful 93 % ending charge and makes his UFC debut having received 5 of his final six bouts.
The all-action Simon was initially booked to face Brian Kelleher, earlier than COVID-19 derailed that, so he has been rebooked vs UFC newcomer and Belgium native Gaetano Pirrello. Pirrello encompasses a 15-5-1 file on the European regional scene, most not too long ago below the European Beatdown promotion.
The bantamweight bout between Umar Nurmagomedov and Sergey Morozov has been added from January twenty third.
Nurmagomedov is the cousin of UFC light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, and neither he nor his opponent Morozov have competed within the UFC earlier than.
Shane Burgos vs. Hakeem Dawodu Scrapped From UFC 257
The featherweight bout between Shane Burgos and Hakeem Dawodu has been canceled resulting from accidents to each males.
Beforehand it had been introduced that Dawodu had pulled out of his battle with Burgos, citing an harm, and it was unclear whether or not Burgos can be rebooked. Now it seems the UFC is saying that he’s additionally harm, so each fighters have been pulled from the cardboard.
Gillian Robertson vs. Miranda Maverick Booked For UFC 258
A flyweight matchup between Canadian Gillian Robertson, and American Miranda Maverick has been added to the UFC 258 card.
The matchup options submission specialist Robertson making an attempt to rebound from a loss to Talia Santos in December, going up in opposition to Maverick who received her UFC debut in opposition to Liana Jojua in October. UFC 258 shall be headlined by a welterweight title battle between Kamaru Usman and Gilbert Burns, and is at present with out an official location, however is predicted to happen on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
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