Leon Edwards claims Khamzat Chimaev isn't the "untouchable monster" UFC was building him to be

Khamzat Chimaev (Left), and Leon Edwards (Right)
Khamzat Chimaev (Left), and Leon Edwards (Right)

Leon Edwards is sounding off on the idea that Khamzat Chimaev is an unstoppable force to be reckoned with in the UFC's welterweight division.

Edwards recently joined Michael Bisping for an interview on 'The Count's YouTube channel, where he spoke about a number of topics related to the welterweight division. While speaking about Chimaev, the reigning welterweight champion claimed that he isn't the unstoppable monster that the promotion has built up to be, saying:

"He's a good fighter. {but} I don't think he's what the UFC was building him to be, like this untouchable monster...He's a solid fighter, he's good, but there's always ways to beat these guys. This is why I'm on an 11-fight win streak."

'Rocky' added that despite having his sights set on a trilogy with Kamaru Usman, he still has 'Borz' on his list. He mentioned that before Chimaev can earn a title shot, he wants to see him successfully make 170lbs again, saying:

"He's on my list as well that I want to take out...So let him go make weight, probably fight Colby {Covington} or something like that, and we can run that on as well."

'Borz' and the reigning welterweight champion have been linked to a bout in the past, so it will be interesting to see if it comes to fruition later this year.

Check out the full interview:


Leon Edwards wins 2022 UFC Knockout of the Year

2022 was an incredible year for Leon Edwards as he captured the UFC welterweight championship for the first time in his MMA career. He also earned the UFC 2022 Fan's Choice Knockout of the Year honors.

'Rocky' challenged then champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 278, which was a rematch of their 2015 bout. After losing the first round, Usman regrouped and used his wrestling to secure takedowns. 'The Nigerian Nightmare' was clearly ahead on the judges' scorecards heading into the final round.

Following a passionate speech from his corner, Edwards showed more urgency as he needed to finish Usman. He did just that as he dropped 'The Nigerian Nightmare' with a head-kick with 56 seconds remaining in the fight to become the welterweight champion.

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