It appears as if Khamzat Chimaev will get his wish to swim with one of the top dogs in the welterweight division.
On Friday, UFC president Dana White appeared on The Jim Rowe Show and revealed that the promotion has come to terms on a fight between Chimaev and Leon Edwards, although the date has yet to be officially revealed.
“We just got a deal done yesterday for Leon Edwards vs. Chimaev,” White said. “They will fight, it will be a great fight. He can stop calling everybody out on Twitter now. He’s got an opponent.”
No date has been officially established, but the fight is expected to headline the Dec. 19 event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
ESPN reports the fight will main event on Dec. 19 — the final UFC card of 2020. The news comes one day after Edwards was removed from his No. 3 spot in the official UFC rankings due to inactivity. Edwards pushed back at his removal and pitched the Chimaev fight, tweeting:
Chimaev quickly fired a tweet in return, stating:
However, sources said, both sides revisited resurrecting the Edwards-Chimaev fight on Friday, and a deal was finally reached.
Chimaev (9-0) is 3-0 in the UFC, but Edwards will be his first ranked opponent. He most recently knocked out Gerald Meerschaert in 17 seconds last month.
The event is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.