Jorge Masvidal wanted as Dana White confirms Leon Edwards vs Khamzat Chimaev is cancelled again as ‘Borz’ still reeling from coronavirus

The proposed bout between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev has been scrapped again.
Two of the best welterweights in the world were set to finally share the octagon on March 13 in the main event of a UFC Fight Night.
Khamzat Chimaev is reportedly out of his proposed bout with Leon EdwardsGETTY
However, as told to ESPN, UFC president Dana White has confirmed Chimaev is still suffering from the physical effects of COVID-19 and will not be partaking in the bout.
This is the third time the scheduled welterweight encounter has been called off in the space of two months.
The two men were set to fight on December 19, but Edwards contracted coronavirus and pulled out. A rearranged date of January 20 was set, but Chimaev also was then struck down by the virus.
White reportedly told the sports channel the UFC will move on from the match-up after suffering yet another setback and that Edwards may be moved to another date and given a new opponent.
Edwards wants to face Jorge Masvidal or fight for the UFC title nextGetty Images – Getty
And on Friday Jorge Masvidal’s name was trending when news of Chimaev’s withdrawal circulated, though Stephen Thompson has thrown his hat into the octagon, tweeting: “Let’s give the fans what they want to see! #3 vs #5.”
The two have history, stretching back to a brawl they had backstage at the O2 Arena in London in 2019.
Edwards even called out his rival in January when Chimaev initially pulled out.
The 29-year-old from Kingston has not fought since dismantling Rafael dos Anjos in July 2019 to extend his winning streak in the 170lbs division to eight fights.
His second defeat in the company came to current champion Kamaru Usman in December 2015 who told BT Sport he had envisaged a rematch with ‘Rocky’ had he convincingly beaten Chimaev.
“Leon has been on a roll and knocking out guys,” he said.” Of course, if Leon goes out there and wins impressively, absolutely I believe he deserves the shot. We’ll see what happens with that.”

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