Leon Edwards is making his long-awaited return to the Octagon this weekend at Belal Muhammed in Las Vegas.
It shall be nice to see the 29-year-old British fighter once more after virtually two years with no fight.
His final fight was a win over Rafael dos Anjos in July 2019 – it is easy to overlook that Edwards is truly on an eight-game profitable streak.
His final loss was in opposition to Kamaru Usman in 2015, but since then he is been an unstoppable drive.
The practically two-year absence was by no means a part of the plan, with the MMA fighter calling off the fights.
Edwards was scheduled to face Tyron Woodley final March, but the coronavirus pandemic initially pressured him to be moved to London earlier than being scrapped fully.
The welterweight was then scheduled to face rising star Khamzat Chimaev, but that fight was referred to as off thrice earlier than Edwards had a new opponent.
Edwards vs Chimaev is an excellent recreation and it is a disgrace we will not see it.
UFC boss Dana White persevered in attempting to take action, but finally the scenario pressured her hand.
“This is the fight,” White instructed ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “I really like this fight. They’ve each already agreed, so we’ll determine that out.
“We will change this as rapidly as potential. I simply need to ensure each guys are wholesome; each guys had COVID.
It seems like Edwards vs Chimaev might become the new Khabib vs Ferguson.
For years, White tried to fight, but every time he was referred to as off by harm or sickness.
Five instances White has tried placing it on, most just lately in 2020 earlier than Khabib needed to step down. Justin Gaethje was named a substitute and beat Ferguson.
Edwards was initially scheduled to face Chimaev on December 19, 2020 earlier than the latter examined constructive for the coronavirus.
Edwards himself then examined constructive, that means he was pushed again to January 20, but the Russian was pressured to step down because of his personal restoration from COVID-19.
White then moved the fight to March 13, but Chimaev was not but prepared as a result of lingering results of the virus.
He was changed by Belal Muhammed to prepare Edwards’ first fight in practically two years.
Edwards instructed talkSPORT earlier this month that he could be completely satisfied to return to the Octagon after such a protracted absence.
“When the fight was called off for the third time, I was happy that the UFC offered to keep me on the card,” he mentioned.
“Because earlier than, when it was canceled a second time in January for Fight Island, they have been like right away rescheduling. This time it was like OK let’s simply carry on the map and discover another person.
“Right away, Dana mentioned we needed you to fight Colby Covington. I mentioned OK, I’ll be up for it. So he went to Colby they usually instructed you you needed to fight Leon Edwards and he simply blatantly refused it.
“He made excuses like all the very best do. So we went all the way down to the division to see who was obtainable and Belal was man sufficient to intervene.
“He solely fought two weeks in the past or one thing, so he was already in good condition and mentioned he would. So, respect to Belal for his dedication. ”