Surging welterweight contender Leon Edwards doesn’t consider he’s getting the love he deserves, however Final Combating Championship (UFC) president Dana White is right here to guarantee “Rocky” that he’s an intricate a part of the promotion’s plans.
Edwards, who’s driving a superb eight-fight win streak, was anticipated to get the struggle of his profession when he was scheduled to tackle former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley this previous March at UFC London. Sadly for the English fighter, COVID-19 restrictions nipped that matchup within the bud and Woodley went on to lose to Gilbert Burns this previous weekend at UFC on ESPN 9 (highlights HERE).
With Burns on the rise, and present contenders Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal seemingly an even bigger draw amongst followers, Edwards isn’t fairly certain the place he matches in. Simply this previous week “Rocky” took to Twitter to query the present UFC welterweight rankings.
“How’s a man coming off 2 again to again dominating loses above me,” he wrote.
The 28-year-old fighter is aware of he’s the most effective welterweights on the earth, however will he get to show it? The reply is sure
“He’s undoubtedly not the red-headed stepchild,” stated White throughout a latest interview with celeb character Steve-O. “We had been going to try this struggle when the pandemic began. We had been nonetheless going to go to London and try this struggle, however the pandemic got here and we had been coping with that bull(expletive). He’s undoubtedly not the red-headed stepchild. We see him, he’s ranked No. four on the earth and there’s some enjoyable choices for him.”
If White and firm do plan on using Edwards’ present win streak and general putting prowess atop the 170-pound class, then who will he struggle subsequent?
The UFC president isn’t fairly certain, nevertheless it’s actually going to be towards one of many high canine.
“You bought Colby Covington, you bought Jorge Masvidal, you bought Leon Edwards and now clearly you’ve bought Gilbert Burns,” White stated. “The truth is, we’re going to succeed in out tomorrow and say: Who desires the subsequent struggle? Who desires this struggle? Who is able to go? Who desires to struggle Usman? If it’s Masvidal, Edwards or Burns.”
In fact, Edwards would like to struggle present UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman for the undisputed title, however that’s unlikely given the champ’s ongoing beef with Masvidal and Covington. As a substitute, Edwards could be an ideal take a look at for the rising Burns in a matchup this summer time.
The one factor that issues to “Rocky” is having his subsequent Octagon win result in his first ever UFC title shot, which was assured earlier this 12 months.
What say you, Maniacs? Who do you see Edwards preventing subsequent? And if he wins, does he get a shot on the belt?
Let’s hear it!