Leon Edwards Ready to Face Usman since Colby Won’t
The top of the UFC’s welterweight division is a mess right now. Each passing day, a new fight is made or, a new fight falls through. Believing in the next man up mentality, the division still remains one of the best that the UFC has to offer.
But, when a potential title fight between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington didn’t come to fruition, the UFC had to adjust. And, they had to do it fast. Leon Edwards has the attitude and prowess to fight his way up through the division. So, it’s no surprise that he threw his name in the mix to fight Usman as soon as possible.
Featured on the Helwani MMA Show, Edwards shared his thoughts on the entire division. He spoke about the created ‘BMF’ title and what it means to the credibility of the UFC. Also, Edwards elaborated on his mentality of always being ready when his opportunity comes.
Edwards Sounds Off on Welterweight Division
In the interview, Edwards spoke about how he feels like the UFC could be waiting on Colby to finally accept the fight. Due to that, Edwards feels frustrated. Especially because he is on a winning streak compiled of quality victories over very tough opponents. Some of those opponents include Vicente Luque, Rafael Dos Anjos, and long-time fan favorite Donald Cerrone.
“I don’t understand what they’re doing, waiting for Colby for whatever reason'” said Edwards. ”
I more than deserve a shot over Colby. All he does is talk madness, and that’s it. I’ve earned my title shot. Especially against Kamaru Usman, the last person to beat me. So I need to run that one back.”
Ironically, when Edwards lost to Usman, the main event of the card was Dos Anjos vs Cerrone 2; both of which Edwards went onto defeat.
Thoughts on the ‘BMF’ Title
Leon has expressed his desire to be number 1 in the world. Also, he’s expressed his thoughts on the ‘BMF’ title.
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) September 23, 2019
Edwards stated, “That’s a journeyman’s title. I’m not a journeyman, so I couldn’t give two s**ts. I am focused on being a world champion. I don’t give a f**k about Masvidal or Diaz.”
The quote seemed out of character for Edwards, especially because earlier in the year, he was trying his best to get a fight against Masvidal. Now that times have changed since the ‘3 piece and a soda’ incident, it seems like Leon is focused soley on gold.
Booking the Fight
At least the UFC knows for sure that they have a top contender willing to step in. However, when it comes time to sit down and discuss pay rates, that’s when the deal falls through.
Making the fight should be easy, right? Edwards wants it and Colby won’t take it. So, if the money is right, let Edwards have a chance at the titleholder in Usman, while simultaneously also fighting to redeem his loss from over 5 years ago.
The story sells itself, book it.