PHOENIX – If he’s no longer subsequent in the on-deck circle to face the winner of the next UFC welterweight title fight, contender Leon Edwards wonders who else will likely be.
At UFC 263, Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) defeated Nate Diaz by technique of unanimous dedication (49-46, 49-46, 49-47). The fight served as the valuable five-round, non-title, non-valuable tournament fight in promotional ancient previous. It furthermore maintained Edwards’ six-365 days unbeaten trudge, which has stretched all the diagram by technique of 10 fights.
UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman is anticipated to rematch bitter rival Colby Covington in 2021. After that, the future remains unsure. Edwards thinks the different to fight the winner is unquestionably his.
“I agree with I need to unexcited be subsequent in line for the title shot,” Edwards acknowledged at a put up-fight files convention. “That’s 9-in-a-row or 10-in-a-row. No person else is doing what I’m doing. I supplied to fight all people: Khamzat, Diaz, Belal. These guys aren’t in the head 10. I’m the one one saying, ‘Sure.’ All people else is, esteem, b*tching and sitting out and complaining. I’m the actual person who’s showing up, beating, and struggling with these tricky guys. I agree with I deserve the next shot, for obvious.”
After the dedication modified into read, Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC) wasn’t impressed – and he expressed as mighty in a comment he gave to ESPN.
“That don’t enable you. I allege no one deserves it.”
Edwards, 29, spoke back and disagreed. In his eyes, he’s set his head down, gotten to work, and produced results. He furthermore criticized Covington’s most recent fights, which earned him a title shot.
“All of those guys fabricate excuses,” Edwards acknowledged. “They know I’m the staunch deal. I’m the man for the title shot. They’re all b*tching and making excuses. They reveal, ‘He doesn’t deserve it.’ Then, who f*cking does? Covington doesn’t. Woodley obtained injured and now he deserves the title shot? I didn’t b*tch. I didn’t moan. I took my losses on the chin. I labored my diagram back to a 9-fight (a success) trudge. Who else f*cking deserves it?”
UFC 263 took recount Saturday at Gila River Enviornment. The valuable card streamed on pay-per-survey after prelims on ESPN/ESPN+.