UFC Welterweight Leon Edwards is now on a title fighter radar for the future for sure since Jorge Masvidal, his opponent for UFC 269 has backed out due to injury and now is left without an opponent with the event happening within less than a month.
Edwards was last seen in action at UFC 263 where he won over Nate Diaz via unanimous decision. Now, he was heading with his 9-fight winning streak to satisfy his bad blood against Jorge Masvidal in December, which was a result of a fist-fight altercation that took place back in 2019 at UFC London.
Masvidal pulled out from this fight due to an undisclosed injury but Edwards is confident that he will still face the champion, Kamaru Usman, sooner or later, and according to him, his newly profound love for striking will be the reason for his demise. In an interview with ESPN, he said, “Usman has definitely fallen in love with his hands now. He truly believes that he is some sick striker. I know when we fight, he’ll be shooting for the takedowns you know.”
Michael Bisping warns Leon Edwards to not face a particular guy in the division
Former UFC middleweight champion, and UFC commentator, Michael Bisping believes Leon is in a dire situation. On one hand, he can fight Khamzat Chimaev, but professionally speaking, this isn’t a wise decision. Bisping believes Edwards is on the verge of a title shot, and losing to Chimaev can put him back to square one. In his recent YouTube video, he said, “UFC 269, everyone was looking forward to it, I mean just the promotion alone because they have that on tape, Masvidal throwing the three-piece and all the fallout backstage I mean that’s amazing promotional material.”
He continued, “The fight (was) gonna happen as we know Masvidal just fought for the belt against Kamaru Usman, he’s the BMF, he’s one of the highest-profile guys in the company now and for Leon Edwards, this was a chance for him to go out and there, and after 10 fights unbeaten, nine wins one no-contest against Belal Muhammad and to go out there and beat a star-like Masvidal and then finally get the title shot that he deserves, which is crazy, 10 fights unbeaten should do it alone and he has just beaten Nate Diaz as well. Leon Edwards is the rightful contender in my opinion.“
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