Leon Edwards makes his lengthy awaited return to the octagon in opposition to Belal Muhammed in Las Vegas on Saturday night time.
Will probably be nice to see the 29-year-old Brit again after practically two years since he final fought.
His final struggle was a win in opposition to Rafael dos Anjos method again in July 2019 – it’s straightforward to overlook that Edwards is definitely on an eight-fight win streak.
His final defeat was in opposition to Kamaru Usman in 2015, however since then he’s been an unstoppable power.
The close to two-year absence was by no means a part of the plan with the MMA fighter having fights cancelled.
Edwards was resulting from face Tyron Woodley final March, however the coronavirus pandemic initially pressured it to be moved to London earlier than it was scrapped solely.
The welterweight was then scheduled to face up-and-coming star Khamzat Chimaev, however that struggle was cancelled 3 times earlier than Edwards received a brand new opponent.
Edwards vs Chimaev is a superb match-up and it’s an actual disgrace we gained’t get to see it.
UFC boss Dana White continued in making an attempt to get it on, however ultimately the scenario pressured his hand.
“That’s the struggle to make,” White advised ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. “I really like that struggle. They each already agreed to it, so we’ll get it discovered.
“We’ll flip that round as fast as we will. Simply wish to be certain each guys are wholesome; each guys had COVID.”
It looks like Edwards vs Chimaev may change into the brand new Khabib vs Ferguson.
For years White tried to make that struggle however every time it received cancelled by way of damage or sickness.
5 instances White tried to place it on, most not too long ago in 2020 earlier than Khabib needed to withdraw. Justin Gaethje was named because the alternative and proceeded to beat Ferguson.
Edwards was initially resulting from face Chimaev on December 19, 2020 earlier than the latter examined optimistic for coronavirus.
Edwards himself then examined optimistic, which meant it was pushed again to January 20 however the Russian was pressured to withdraw resulting from his personal COVID-19 restoration.
White then moved the struggle to March 13, however Chimaev once more was not prepared because of the lingering results of the virus.
He was changed by Belal Muhammed to arrange Edwards’ first struggle in practically two years.
Edwards advised talkSPORT earlier this month he will likely be glad to get again into the octagon after such an extended absence.
“When the struggle was cancelled for the third time, I used to be comfortable the UFC provided to maintain me on the cardboard,” he mentioned.
“As a result of earlier than, when it received cancelled a second time in January for Combat Island, they have been like right away let’s reschedule. This time, it was like OK, let’s preserve you on the cardboard and discover you another person.
“Immediately, Dana mentioned we would like you to struggle Colby Covington. I mentioned OK, I’ll be up for that. So it went to Colby they usually mentioned to you wish to struggle Leon Edwards and he simply blatantly turned it down.
“He made excuses like all the highest guys do. So we went down the division to see who was obtainable and Belal was man sufficient to step up.
“He solely had a struggle two weeks in the past or one thing like that so he was already in form and mentioned he would do it. So, respect to Belal for stepping up.”