By Nolan King |
March 14, 2021 12: 15 am
LAS VEGAS – Leon Edwards isn’t completely satisfied with the cease outcomes of the UFC Combat Night 187 fundamental tournament, but that doesn’t mean he thinks his march in direction of gold has slowed.
On Saturday, Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) headlined against Belal Muhammad. It became once Edwards’ first combat in greater than 600 days. The bout became once ruled a no contest after an errant Edwards finger entered the eye of Muhammad (18-3 MMA, 9-3 UFC) and rendered him unable to proceed.
“I presumed it became once a punch,” Edwards acknowledged at the put up-combat information conference. “The combination I became once throwing became once a injurious-head kick. As I threw the injurious, he form of stepped in to end the distance. I seen him steal his eye and switch around. I presumed it became once a punch. I wish Belal nothing but a stout restoration. It became once an accident. I didn’t mean it. So I wish him a stout restoration.”
No matter the long layoff, Edwards acknowledged he didn’t feel hindered by state of no assignment. His most latest combat came against Rafael dos Anjos in July 2019 and became once a unanimous resolution bewitch.
“I felt great available in the market,” Edwards acknowledged. “I know everyone became once talking about ring rust and ‘It’s been 600 days. How did you are feeling?’ I felt ethical. I had him in the first round. Going into the 2d round, I became once accurate getting the momentum. I’d beget appreciated to indicate extra. It became once accurate a unhappy component, with out a doubt.”
Ahead of UFC Combat Night 187, UFC president Dana White acknowledged Edwards would salvage a title shot with a formidable victory over Muhammad. Even supposing the combat resulted in a no contest, Edwards thinks the next crack at gold should peaceable be his.
“I believe a title shot should be next,” Edwards acknowledged. “I’ve rebuilt myself help up since closing competing against (Kamaru) Usman. I became once on an eight-combat winning scamper. Tonight became once going to be nine. The writing became once on the wall. I became once winning the combat, clearly. I believe I should be next at the title shot. I’ve built myself help up. That’s what should be next, I contemplate.”
Whereas Edwards’ next trail is unclear, so is UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman’s. Whereas there beget been some indicators Usman will potentially rematch Jorge Masvidal in the approaching months, nothing has been announced. If Usman vs. Masvidal is indeed next, Edwards is no longer more probably to preserve out for the winner.
“I’m potentially no longer going to attend that long,” Edwards acknowledged. “If they combat in September, I obtained’t combat till the cease of the 300 and sixty five days (or) next 300 and sixty five days. I appreciate to be active. I’m 29 years veteran. It’s been a protracted day with out work. I’ll direct to the UFC Monday, Tuesday and eye what’s next.”
UFC Combat Night 187 took location Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas and streamed on ESPN+.