01 Jan UFC Vegas 21 live blog: Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad
This is the UFC Vegas 21 live blog for Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad, the welterweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
The fight is the event’s second scheduled headliner after Edwards was to face Khamzat Chimaev. Lingering symptoms from a bout with COVID-19 forced Chimaev to withdraw from the event, and Muhammad stepped into the bout on a little less than one month’s notice.
Edwards declined to wait and rebook the fight against Chimaev after its third cancellation, no doubt due to his own luck with COVID-19. The pandemic has kept the Brit standout out of action since July 2019, when he outpointed ex-welterweight champ Rafael dos Anjos to pick up his eighth straight win. A bout with ex-champ Tyron Woodley was cancelled in March, and from there, the wait for a title shot and cancelled bouts with Chimaev extended an involuntary layoff. UFC President Dana White has promised Edwards a title shot with a win.
Hoping to spoil Edwards’ coronation is Muhammad, whose career took a sharp uptick following a win over Dhiego Lima that followed his own bout with COVID-19. Muhammad has won his past four fights against unranked competition.
Check out the UFC Vegas 21 live blog below.