Multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that agreements are in place from both fighters ahead of the March 13 event, which is expected to take place at UFC APEX in Las Vegas. ESPN initially reported the news. On Thursday afternoon, the UFC made the bout official.
With an 8-1 record over his past nine fights, including four consecutive victories, Muhammad has proven to be a tough out against anybody in the welterweight division.
Now he’ll get his biggest step up in competition as Muhammad faces off with Edwards, who is currently ranked No. 3 in the division by the UFC while riding an eight fight win streak.
Edwards wasn’t able to compete in 2020 largely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic coupled with his own battle with COVID-19 that knocked him out of a previously scheduled fight against Chimaev this past December. Chimaev then contracted COVID-19 and the lingering symptoms from his battle against the virus has prevented the highly touted prospect from returning to action.
With a win on March 13, Edwards looks to secure his place as a potential No. 1 contender in the division with his sights set on a rematch against reigning champion Kamaru Usman, the only fighter in the UFC to hold a win over him.