Leon Edwards wants Masvidal, Covington or Diaz as Chimaev bout falls apart for third time - TheMacLife

Leon Edwards wants Masvidal, Covington or Diaz as Chimaev bout falls apart for third time

The UFC are seeking a new opponent for Leon Edwards next month after Khamzat Chimaev once again pulled out of their scheduled fight.

By John Balfe - 12 Feb 2021

If there is one fighter who has had an unenviable run recently, it is Leon Edwards.

That is perhaps a strange statement to make about the top welterweight contender who is in the midst of an eight-fight win streak at 170-pounds but the Brit has now seen a torrent of fights fall apart in the last year or more, having not competed inside the UFC cage since a July 2019 victory against Rafael Dos Anjos.

This is no fault of Edwards’, however. Just over a year ago a scheduled UFC London main event against Tyron Woodley fell apart on the week of the contest due to the onset of the coronavirus pandemic — and similar reasons meant that he was forced to turn down the world title shot against Kamaru Usman which ultimately went to Jorge Masvidal.

Then came the spate of withdrawal and rescheduled dates around the now nixed fight with Chimaev.

And according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani, Edwards has drawn up a list of foes he would like to face on March 13 and it includes the likes of Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington and Nate Diaz.

Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson was also thought to be in the running but won’t be available for competition next month as he recovers from a hand injury.

A potential fight with Masvidal would make sense, though both he and Covington may well be ruled out due to rumours that Dana White is tapping the two rivals to compete against one another on an upcoming season of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’.

That leaves Nate Diaz from Edwards’ original list but the Stockton man has often proved difficult to tie down to a booking such as this, especially on short notice.

Either way, Edwards will be relieved to finally make that walk again next month — so long as the UFC can source an opponent for him to dance with.

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