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Khamzat Chimaev vs Leon Edwards rebooked for UFC Fight Night event on Jan. 20

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UFC Fight Night: Chimaev v Meerschaert Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Khamzat Chimaev and Leon Edwards were set to headline UFC Vegas 17 — which will go down on Dec. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, Nevada — before the Welterweight match up was scrapped after “Rocky” tested positive for COVID-19.

As a result, Stephen Thompson will headline the event opposite Geoff Neal in another pivotal fight at 170 pounds.

Now, TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter is reporting that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has found a new date for the bout, with Dana White confirming that it would headline an upcoming “Fight Night” event on Weds., Jan. 20 2021, which is expected to go down on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Chimaev is looking to get back in the public eye after taking the sport by storm by winning two fights (both finishes) in two different weight classes in the span of 10 days this past summer on “Fight Island.” He followed that up by knocking out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds two months later.

Edwards, on the other hand, has been sitting on the sidelines for 1.5 years due to one setback after another. Aside from coming down with the coronavirus, his proposed bout against Tyron Woodley — which was set to go down this past March — was scrapped because the promotion postponed all of its events due to the pandemic.