- Edwards, who is on an eight-fight winning streak, hasn’t fought since July 2019. Multiple sources say he turned down fight offers against current champion Kamaru Usman and former interim champion Colby Covington.
- As a result of his inactivity, Edwards was taken off the UFC rankings. But after the Chimaev fight was booked, his number three rank was reinstated.
- Chimaev, meanwhile, holds an undefeated 9-0 professional record. He’s made waves since his entry in the UFC in July, winning all three of his fights in dominant fashion.
- Edwards vs. Chimaev will take place at the UFC APEX Facility in Las Vegas.