Chael Sonnen suggests that a potential fight between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev shows the UFC's eagerness to strip Edwards of the welterweight title, indicating a broader intention to dethrone him.

By the Numbers
  • A recent report by Ariel Helwani identified Leon Edwards vs. Khamzat Chimaev as the UFC's preferred choice for the historic April 13 lineup.
  • Since defeating Kamaru Usman in 2022, Edwards has successfully defended the belt against "The Nigerian Nightmare" and Colby Covington.
State of Play
  • Khamzat Chimaev's withdrawal from the running due to Ramadan, despite the UFC's preference for the matchup, leaves the potential for Belal Muhammad to maintain his long-awaited title shot.
  • Despite many dismissing the Edwards vs. Muhammad matchup as UFC 300 main event-worthy, the report suggests a broader strategy by the UFC to secure a different fight for the title.
Bottom Line

The UFC's reported preference for a matchup between Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev indicates a potential agenda to remove the welterweight title from Edwards, regardless of the actual fight outcome.