Leon Edwards didn’t rule out the opportunity of preventing Khamzat Chimaev sooner or later. Rocky was initially imagined to combat the Swedish star at UFC Vegas 21 throughout this weekend.
The Welterweight bout between the rising star and Leon Edwards was rescheduled thrice after each fighters examined constructive for COVID-19 forward of the combat.
Chatting with RT Sport, ‘Rocky’ mentioned he could be open to face Chimaev sooner or later if the situations for the combat suited him in the mean time.
“I am trying in direction of the title shot. That is my major goal: to be a world champion. Khamzat [Chimaev] has solely had three fights within the UFC with guys not even within the top-10 within the UFC, you already know what I imply. So, my goal is to be a world champion. So, I am trying in direction of the belt, not Khamzat. If he works his means up, he is younger, you already know what I imply. If he works his means up, absolutely we will meet once more down the road,” Leon Edwards mentioned.
Rocky additionally supplied a chunk of recommendation to the 26-year-old Swedish-Russian blended martial artist, who continues to be affected by the long-lasting results of COVID-19.
“Khamzat, relaxation up. [After] recovering, hopefully, someday, we will meet down the street,” mentioned Leon Edwards.
UFC booked Belal Muhammad to combat Rocky after the third try for the combat did not materialize. Chimaev continues to be struggling to recuperate his kind due to lingering signs of COVID-19.
Leon Edwards empathizes with Khamzat Chimaev
The primary time their bout was postponed in 2020 was attributable to Leon Edwards having examined constructive to COVID-19. The British fighter reportedly misplaced nearly 12 kilos whereas contaminated.
Due to that, Rocky understands the difficulties Khamzat Chimaev is dealing with in the mean time. The UFC Welterweight sensation contracted the virus final December.
Chimaev made a surprising announcement lately, stating that he could be retiring from MMA as a result of extreme after results of COVID-19 on his physique.
In the identical interview with RT Sport, Leon Edwards minimized previous controversies with the younger fighter and wished him a speedy restoration.
“On the finish of the day, there’s life after preventing, proper? And he is a younger man, and I want him nothing however good well being and to recuperate. Combating is preventing, however while you’re going by way of issues like that, it is completely different. It is private, proper? You have bought a household and different stuff. So, I want him nicely, and that is it, actually,” mentioned Leon Edwards.