Islam Makhachev confirmed his refusal to fight Leon Edwards

The organization’s top fighter and current UFC lightweight champion, Islam Makhachev, has confirmed information that he was forced to withdraw from a fight with current UFC welterweight titleholder Leon Edwards, who was scheduled to headline the UFC 300 anniversary event.

“Yes, everything is like that, but it was impossible because we have Ramadan now,” the Russian told MMA Junkie. “One month you have to fast from sunrise and all day long. It’s very difficult to train during that time. I asked Ali Abdelaziz if they can move UFC 300 to two weeks, then I’ll be ready, but he said it’s impossible”

“Of course I’m sorry because for me this is a dream fight. I didn’t have the slightest chance to compete at UFC 300, so I’m very upset. It’s a big event, a big fight against Leon Edwards for the second belt, but this time I missed my chance. Hopefully one day they’ll call me again with that offer.”

In addition to Islam Makhachev, Leon Edwards was offered to fight Hamzat Chimaev and Shavkat Rakhmonov, but none of these fights could be organized.

As a result, the main event of UFC 300 was set to be a flyweight title fight between Alex Pereira and Jamal Hill to headline the anniversary event in Las Vegas on April 13.