With this previous Saturday’s UFC 251 welterweight title battle out of the way in which, I feel that is an acceptable time to try the remainder of the division.

In any case, welterweight is fascinating nowadays, and it is at all times enjoyable to matchmake a hot-and-heavy weight class, so let’s get to some matchmaking, we could?

After all, we have now to start out with the champion, Kamaru Usman. He gained a hard-fought battle and deserves a while off. I imply, what a disturbing summer season for Usman. He goes from considering he’ll battle Jorge Masvidal to then a teammate in Gilbert Burns to then Masvidal once more, all on six days’ discover, no much less.

For the file, I feel the criticism Usman has acquired since his unanimous-decision win over Masvidal has been unfair. He fought a wise battle and did what he needed to do to win. And guess what? Had he simply stood and traded with Masvidal, we would be speaking about how huge of a mistake that was. Similar to once we talked about the way it was a mistake for Yoel Romero to not use his wrestling in opposition to Israel Adesanya or the way it was a mistake for Daniel Cormier to cease wrestling Stipe Miocic en path to getting knocked out in August.

Anyway, Usman might use a while off. He stated he wished to spend time together with his daughter, and he ought to try this. I think we can’t see him till the top of the yr, on the earliest.

So, within the meantime, the UFC ought to ebook Leon Edwards vs. Gilbert Burns as a No. 1 contender battle in September. I truthfully cannot consider so many individuals disagree with me on this one.

Enable me to clarify:

Edwards has gained eight in a row. He was scheduled to battle Tyron Woodley on March 21; nevertheless, that card acquired canceled as a result of coronavirus pandemic. That clearly wasn’t Edwards’ fault. Because of him not with the ability to journey, the UFC booked Woodley vs. Burns. Burns gained that battle, his fourth in a row at welterweight and sixth in a row total.

But, for some unusual motive, everyone seems to be performing prefer it’s loopy to say Edwards deserves this shot. Thoughts you, I am not even saying Edwards deserves to battle Usman subsequent for the belt. In actuality, that may most likely be essentially the most truthful factor. He has completed sufficient. I am simply saying he needs to be in a No. 1 contender bout. The gall of me!

So, why is Edwards getting dismissed right here? As a result of Burns beat Woodley? Did we overlook Edwards was purported to battle Woodley in March?

As a result of Burns had the title shot at UFC 251 after which misplaced it after he examined optimistic for COVID-19? Did we overlook the UFC really provided the title shot to Edwards first after the Masvidal talks fell by means of, however Edwards hadn’t been coaching and could not as a result of U.Okay. lockdown? This was, in spite of everything, Edwards’ very first title shot.

I simply do not perceive why Edwards is not getting a glance right here. If it is as a result of the UFC would not assume he’s an thrilling fighter, wonderful. I suppose. I do not love that clarification, however at the least it’s one. To date, we have now not acquired any type of clarification as to why the notion of suggesting a fighter on an eight-fight profitable streak battling for the belt is being deemed ludicrous.

We could evaluate their résumés?

Edwards’ previous eight wins have come in opposition to Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson, Donald Cerrone, Peter Sobotta, Bryan Barberena, Vicente Luque, Albert Tumenov and Dominic Waters.

Burns’ previous six wins (and two had been at 155) have come in opposition to: Woodley, Demian Maia, Nelson (after Edwards beat him), Aleksei Kunchenko, Mike Davis and Olivier-Aubin Mercier.

Now, I am positive your first response was, properly, Woodley is the most important identify of that bunch. You are proper, however Edwards was scheduled to battle him first, bear in mind?

In any other case, I feel Edwards’ physique of labor is far more spectacular, as properly.

And do not get me improper, I additionally really feel for Burns — whom I voted because the fighter of the midyear. He was so near getting his title shot. He’s a tremendous fighter.

It is a crummy state of affairs throughout. They’ve each been handed a troublesome break. So, allow them to battle it out, after which the winner is the undisputed high contender who fights Usman both later this yr or in 2021.

Then I might ebook Masvidal vs. Nathan Diaz 2. That is the right time to ebook this battle. They’re each coming off losses, they usually wish to battle one another. Keep in mind, Masvidal stated earlier than the Usman battle that he would wish to battle Diaz subsequent. Now I am positive Masvidal hoped it will be a welterweight title battle, however them’s the breaks. The battle would nonetheless be an enormous one, in my view, and you would simply promote the side that it was stopped unceremoniously by the physician final yr. Heck, you would even mud off the ol’ BMF belt and everybody will go gaga once more. A win for all.



Ariel Helwani and Brett Okamoto say Jorge Masvidal doesn’t lose star energy after being defeated by Kamaru Usman.

I might additionally ebook Colby Covington vs. Woodley. This can be a battle that ought to have occurred two years in the past. The UFC positively agrees with me on this one, as a result of I am advised they’re making an attempt to ebook it for Aug. 22, however the deal is not completed but. I am somewhat stunned it’s being proposed so quickly, contemplating Woodley fought on Might 30; however apart from that, I really like this battle and am very wanting to see it. There’s legit unhealthy blood between these guys, and contemplating they’re each seeking to bounce again after powerful losses, there is no higher time than now to make it occur.

And here is yet another for you: How about we lastly see Stephen Thompson vs. Maia? I’ve at all times been intrigued by that matchup. I might like to see it earlier than Maia walks away.

That accounts for the highest 9 fighters at 170. And you recognize what? I really feel prefer it’s fairly darn lower and dried. You realize, typically it is exhausting to determine the puzzle that’s the high of a division, however I actually assume this one is pretty straightforward.

You are welcome.