The UFC’s closing function of the 12 months is the newest casualty in a string of primary function cancellations or modifications. UFC Vegas 17, slated for Dec. 19, on Tuesday dropped its headliner just after Leon Edwards was pulled from his bout with Khamzat Chimaev right after he examined constructive for COVID-19.
UFC broadcast husband or wife ESPN on Tuesday claimed that Edwards was out of the bout with a critical scenario of COVID-19. He apparently hasn’t been able to practice at all for the bout with Chimaev and has dropped 12 kilos in four days.
Chimaev, who produced his UFC debut in July and has reeled off three straight victories in the Octagon, experienced hoped to use Edwards as his stepping stone to the leading of the welterweight division.
No. 3 rated Edwards very last fought in July of 2019. He had hoped to return to experience previous UFC welterweight winner Tyron Woodley in March, but the approximately global lockdown pressured the event’s cancellation.
UFC’s closing leg of 2020 plagued by COVID-19 cancellations
Each one of the UFC’s remaining six gatherings of a pandemic plagued 2020 has endured a change to its key party or outright cancellation. Most have COVID-19 to blame.
UFC Vegas 14 on Nov. 14 was originally slated to aspect previous lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos returning to the 155-pound division reverse Islam Makhachev. Paul Felder stepped in to deal with dos Anjos on short see when Makhachev withdrew since of a staph infection.
UFC 255 on Nov. 21 was supposed to attribute Deiveson Figueiredo’s initial flyweight title defense reverse Cody Garbrandt. That bout was nixed right after Garbrandt fell out for the reason that of COVID-19. Figueiredo rather properly defended his belt versus Alex Perez.
The next week’s UFC Vegas 15 heavyweight principal occasion among Curtis Blaydes and Derrick Lewis was canceled the morning of the weigh-in when Blaydes examined favourable for COVID-19. Co-key eventers Anthony Smith and Devin Clark had been elevated to headlining position.
This week’s UFC Vegas 16 principal celebration amongst Jack Hermansson and Kevin Holland shifted gears after Holland examined optimistic for COVID-19. Holland was moved to the Dec. 12 UFC 256 battle card to experience Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Jacare’s opponent, Marvin Vettori, has been enlisted to struggle Hermansson in the UFC Vegas 16 most important celebration in a swap of opponents.
UFC 256 has undergone quite a few changes, while none have been COVID-19 similar. Getting absent by several championship primary party cancellations, UFC 256 last but not least landed on Figueiredo generating a speedy return to protect his belt for the second time. Barring any extra adjustments, he will headline the card reverse No. 1 contender Brandon Moreno, who also fought and won at UFC 255.
With Edwards vs. Chimaev nixed, UFC Vegas 17 may now characteristic a welterweight bout among Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal, two rated contenders that were already inked for the Dec. 19 battle card. UFC officers, nonetheless, have not confirmed the new key occasion yet.
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