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Khamzat Chimaev still recovering from battle with COVID-19, forced to drop out of Leon Edwards fight


#Khamzat #Chimaev has been a human wrecking machine since first arriving in the UFC, but the highly touted prospect had his toughest fight yet against an invisible enemy.

#On #Tuesday, #Chimaev was forced out of his scheduled main event fight against #Leon #Edwards on #Jan. 20, although at the time no reason was given for his withdrawal.

#Now it’s been revealed that the 26-year-old undefeated fighter was still dealing with lingering issues as a result of a battle against COVID-19.

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“Khamzat had coronavirus and when he went back to gym, his lungs did not recover 100 percent,” #Chimaev’s manager #Ali #Abdelaziz said in a statement initially released to ESPN. “He needs time for his lungs to recover, and right now it’s about taking that necessary time.”

#Combate was first to report COVID issues were the cause of #Chimaev’s withdrawal.

#Chimaev first arrived in the UFC back in #July and he promptly won back-to-back fights over just 10 days while competing at both middleweight and welterweight.

#He then returned in #September where he demolished #Gerald #Meerschaert with a brutal first-round knockout to remain undefeated in the UFC.

#That set up #Chimaev with a showdown against #Edwards, who is currently riding an eight-fight win streak while being ranked in the top five at welterweight.

#Unfortunately, #Edwards had to deal with his own battle against COVID-19 as the #British fighter suffered the ill effects of the deadly virus, which actually caused him to lose significant weight while he was attempting to recover.

#Edwards was eventually cleared to return to action with plans to fight #Chimaev as the main event for the upcoming UFC card on #Jan. 20 in #Abu #Dhabi.

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#Now with #Chimaev sidelined while still recovering from COVID-19, that fight has been scrapped, although #Edwards has said he hopes to remain on the card against a different opponent. #As of now, the UFC has made no official announcement regarding #Chimaev being forced off the card or plans for #Edwards to stay in the main event against a new opponent.





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