Confusion over UFC champion Leon Edwards' next opponent
11 months ago
By Super Admin
UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards is adamant he should decide who he fights next. || Super Admin
Edwards put on an outstanding defensive display screen to place his very first title defence when he out-pointed Kamaru Usman at UFC 286 in London on Saturday.
Meanwhile, one more story was creating behind the scenes. Asserting he was flown know one day's notice, seasonal welterweight challenger Colby Covington took the spotlight when he appeared to the weigh-ins and also made weight regardless of not featuring on the battle card.
Besides being a backup fighter ought to some calamity occur to Edwards or Usman, it appears it was an intelligent proceed the part of the UFC. Covington's existence octagon-side was a hint at UFC overlord Dana White's prepare for the division.
Talking at the post-fight interview, White was under no illusions regarding what's next for his champion.
" I do not recognize when we'll do it however that's the fight that makes sense and also Colby came below and reduce weight and also did every little thing to be here for this fight," he said of the self professed Donald Trump's favourite boxer.
" He is worthy of the battle. And also that he s the 2nd or third-best person worldwide."
Nevertheless, Edwards seems having none of it. Speaking on the Mixed Martial Arts Hr, the Jamaican-born skill offered a variety of reasons a competition with Covington does not function. For beginners, the American lost twice to Usman, that Edwards has actually just bested two times. Edwards also went as far as to claim some competitors plainly have 'Dana White advantage' when it comes to their promotion.
" Pay attention, he ain't getting a title shot next fight," quipped an irritated Edwards.
" Check out the roadway I needed to require to arrive. There's no way you're obtaining beat twice by the guy that I simply beat twice, went out as well as defeat [Jorge] Masvidal, and afterwards sit out for a year as well as a fifty percent, not even tweeting or absolutely nothing, simply go missing out on for a year, and afterwards randomly appears at the weigh-ins and it's like, 'Okay, he's defending the title following.' It makes no sense in any way, so allow's see how it plays out. He needs to go out there and also make his means like I needed to do.
" Khamzat [Chimaev] and also me were calling each other out for years. This is a person that I got paired up with 3 times in a row. I took the [Chimaev] battle and [Covington] didn't take the fight as well as he's getting awarded for not taking the battle. When it was me, I got gotten rid of from the positions. So 'Dana White opportunity' is absolutely genuine."
Besides a potential clash with increasing star Chimaev, Edwards also indicated Masvidal as a chellenger. Nonetheless, the American is established for a hard spell versus Gilbert Burns, where he will certainly no doubt begin as an incredible underdog.
" There are other active people in the department ... I'm the king currently, I've earned my method and needs to decide who is next," stated Edwards at the post-fight press conference.
" Pay television smart if Jorge Masvidal beats Gilbert Burns, that's the fight to make. I had to fight 12 times for a title shot and he claimed he really did not recognize who I was. I'm the king, I'll choose who is next. Masvidal, I don't like him to make sure that's the one I desire. I assume it would certainly be a simple defend me, he's a weirdo."
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