Welp, now we find out if this guy is for real. I wonder if they already had this lined up when he allegedly turned down the Magny fight. If so, it's funny to go back and read comments from people saying he was dodging Magny when he was really setting up to fight a killer like Edwards.
But he's not. His only moment where he actually looked dangerous is when Seth Baczysnki ran into a punch. He's also benefited from a horrible ranking system, if you look at his wins as a whole in terms of relevance for where guys stand today his best win is Vincente Luque and that was in 2017.
I'm not saying that! Lol. This is obviously a huge step up for Chimaev but Edwards clearly overplayed his hand with the UFC and when they didn't blink and removed him from the rankings he lost all bargaining power and was forced to take this fight. He went from shit-talking a fight against Wonderboy because he was ranked two slots below him to this unproven but obviously very violent prospect.