Gilbert Burns is formally subsequent for UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Nevertheless, the matchup wasn’t the UFC’s first selection, in accordance with his fellow 170-pound contender Leon Edwards.

In a tweet issued Tuesday, Edwards (18-Three MMA, 10-2 UFC) claimed the UFC supplied him a battle with Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-Zero UFC), which he turned down. The UFC then supplied the chance to Burns (19-Three MMA, 12-Three UFC) who accepted the July 11 matchup at UFC 251.

Edwards didn’t elaborate on the specifics of why he turned down the battle however indicated confidence in his choice.

“For these asking, sure I obtained supplied the shot earlier than Gilbert,” Edwards wrote. “We couldn’t make it work this time. 2020 has been robust for me on this aspect of the world, because it has been for (lots) of individuals, however (expletive) it, you may’t cease what’s inevitable.”

In a follow-up tweet, Edwards vowed to get get hold of the title sooner or later.

“The strap might be mine,” Edwards wrote. “Proceed to remain protected everyone.”

Edwards, 28, is driving an eight-fight successful streak. His solely two UFC losses have come towards Kamaru Usman (in December 2015) and Claudio Silva (in November 2014).

Not having competed since July 2019, Edwards was scheduled to battle in March towards Tyron Woodley. Nevertheless, the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent journey restrictions induced Edwards to withdraw and the occasion was ultimately canceled.

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