Leon Edwards has called out Jorge Masvidal to step in and replace Khamzat Chimaev after their bout scheduled for January 20 was cancelled.
For the second time in succession, the welterweight headline event will have to be pushed back owing to ‘COVID-19 complications’ on Chimaev’s side.
Edwards, who fights out of Birmingham, tested positive for coronavirus himself which meant their original plan to fight on December 19 was scrapped.
According to MMA Junkie, the reason for the second cancellation is because Chimaev himself tested positive for COVID-19 and doctors have not yet cleared him to face the former world title contender.
The report states that X-Ray tests have proven that the 26-year-old’s lungs have yet to fully recover from contracting the virus and he is not able to fight.
Following this news, Edwards took to Twitter and wrote, ‘Where that b**** Jorge at?’ to signal his intent to still fight on January 20.
Should the UFC decide to make the fight happen, it would pit their No.3 ranked fighter in the world against No.4 to perhaps streamline the division and allow a number one contender to emerge.
Current champion Kamaru Usman is scheduled to face Gilbert Burns in February after dominating Masvidal back in July, although the 35-year-old has less than a week to prepare for this fight.
Edwards is clearly hoping ‘Gamebred’ lives up to his moniker once again and steps in at short notice to fight so as to resume their rivalry as well.
Back in 2019, the two men were involved in a backstage scuffle after Masvidal knocked out Darren Till and the Miami-native left the Brit with a distinct laceration on his face.