Dana White Confirms Leon Edwards Is Next For Kamaru Usman

Leon Edwards’ wait for a world title shot appears to be coming to an end.

Edwards had expected to be fighting for a world title a long time ago. Now, he has reached a point where he is unbeaten in 10 fights and yet was still booked in another non-…

Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards’ wait for a world title shot appears to be coming to an end.

Edwards had expected to be fighting for a world title a long time ago. Now, he has reached a point where he is unbeaten in 10 fights and yet was still booked in another non-title bout, this time in a grudge match against nemesis Jorge Masvidal.

After Masvidal was forced to withdraw from that bout due to a rib injury, that left Edwards without an opponent. Edwards insisted that he would not fight again unless he receives a world title shot.

History has shown that sitting out and waiting for a title shot can be a very risky play, especially as far as Edwards is concerned. Dana White has cautioned fighters against making such a move, with Edwards himself being among them at one point.

In an interview with TSN this week, however, White relented and agreed that Edwards is deserving of a title shot and is next in line for UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman.

“100 percent,” White said when asked if Edwards was next in line for Usman. “That kid’s had a rough run. He deserves it. If you look at it, Colby lost to (Usman) twice, Gilbert lost, Leon’s next. He’s number three.”

White also hinted that one of the reasons for granting Edwards the title shot is because of his willingness to do what he said no one else wanted to do last year: step up and fight Khamzat Chimaev.

“We were in a matchmaking meeting on Tuesday and I’m always like, ‘Nobody wants to fight him, nobody wants to fight him,’” White said. “Leon Edwards signed the bout agreement to fight him and I think he was ranked number three at the time. So I wanted to make that clear, publicly. He absolutely wanted to fight him, signed the bout agreement and then Khamzat got COVID and that was the end of that.

“I’m bringing it up for a reason because I said that and never gave that kid the credit he deserved. He said yes to it, signed the bout agreement, and was ready to roll.”

Leon Edwards first faced Kamaru Usman long before Usman was champion, in a unanimous decision loss in December 2015. In his most recent fight, he defeated Nate Diaz at UFC 263 while Usman successfully defended his title in another rematch—against Colby Covington at UFC 268.

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Dana White Says Leon Edwards Vs. Kamaru Usman is “100%” Next

Leon Edwards, Kamaru UsmanUFC president Dana White has confirmed that Leon Edwards will get his rematch against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman next. Edwards has been waiting in the wings since earning a mostly-dominant win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263 last year. He was supposed to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269, but the fight fell through just […]

Leon Edwards, Kamaru Usman

UFC president Dana White has confirmed that Leon Edwards will get his rematch against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman next.

Edwards has been waiting in the wings since earning a mostly-dominant win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263 last year. He was supposed to fight Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269, but the fight fell through just weeks away from the bout after Masvidal suffered an injury.

After defeating Rafael dos Anjos in July 2019, Edwards was sidelined for nearly two years due to various fight cancelations and unusual circumstances. He would finally return last March against Belal Muhammad, but the fight ended in a no-contest after an accidental eye poke.

Edwards will now fight for the belt after a long journey to the title shot, according to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter.

“When I asked if Leon Edwards is next in line to fight for the welterweight championship, Dana White‘s reply was ‘100%’,” Bronsteter said.

Leon Edwards Hasn’t Lost In More Than Six Years

Despite his unusual run to the title in recent years, Edwards has arguably been the most dominant welterweight other than the champion Usman. He hasn’t lost a fight since his loss to Usman in 2015 and has won nine straight decisions.

Usman is coming off a dominant 2021 in which he finished fights against Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal and outlasted his biggest rival Colby Covington. Usman is undefeated in his UFC tenure.

As for a timeframe, it’s unclear as to when Usman and Edwards will finally square off in the Octagon once again. A timeframe that makes sense is this summer, and possibly as part of the UFC’s International Fight Week festivities.

Edwards is confident that he has the skillset to upend Usman, and he’ll get the chance to prove it later this year.

Do you think Leon Edwards can beat Kamaru Usman?

Leon Edwards Reacts To Covington/Masvidal UFC 272 Booking

Leon Edwards had to add his two cents in when Covington vs. Masvidal was announced.

Some big news was announced on Tuesday afternoon as UFC 272 had a new headliner. In a surprising twist, the event will now have a non-title fight featuring Colby Co…

Leon Edwards Jorge Masvidal Colby Covington

Leon Edwards had to add his two cents in when Covington vs. Masvidal was announced.

Some big news was announced on Tuesday afternoon as UFC 272 had a new headliner. In a surprising twist, the event will now have a non-title fight featuring Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal as the main event. Fight fans all over the world began to express either their interest or disappointment in this match-up. Leon Edwards was the latter group.

“2 bums coming off losses,” Edwards wrote on Twitter.

Edwards, Masvidal, and Covington have all been circling the top of the welterweight division. There may have been a time in the past year that they were all rumored to be fighting one another.

Edwards has been vocal about wanting a title shot, especially once Masvidal was forced out of their fight with an injury. Now with Masvidal and Covington locked up, that could mean Edwards finally gets the shot at Usman he has been wanting.

Another reason this matchup is abnormal is, as Edwards pointed out, both men are coming off losses. This type of bout is not usually considered for a PPV main event, but the background between the two fighters and their growing animosity makes it a very compelling fight for most fans.

Usman is coming off a win over Covington in November. Following that win, he stated that he would like to take some time off to spend with family. A return date has not been mentioned, but perhaps he could be ready to face Edwards in the summer.

Do you like Colby Covington vs. Jorge Masvidal as the non-title fight main event of UFC 272 in March?

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Leon Edwards Blasts Colby Covington Vs. Jorge Masvidal UFC 272 Booking: “Two Bums”

Leon EdwardsMany around the MMA community went crazy when Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington was announced, but Leon Edwards doesn’t understand all of the excitement surrounding the UFC 272 main event. Edwards is coming off of his UFC 263 victory over Nate Diaz, in a dominant unanimous decision win. Up until the last minute of the […]

Leon Edwards

Many around the MMA community went crazy when Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington was announced, but Leon Edwards doesn’t understand all of the excitement surrounding the UFC 272 main event.

Edwards is coming off of his UFC 263 victory over Nate Diaz, in a dominant unanimous decision win. Up until the last minute of the fight, Edwards had overwhelmed Diaz and outclassed him on the feet.

Edwards has had his fair share of back-and-forths in the media with both men, most notably Masvidal. He and Masvidal were supposed to fight last month at UFC 269 before Masvidal pulled out with an injury.

The Masvidal vs. Covington news excited many around the UFC fanbase, but Edwards isn’t amused by the booking.

Leon Edwards Reacts To Colby Covington Vs. Jorge Masvidal

“Two bums coming off losses,” Edwards tweeted.

Masvidal is coming off of back-to-back losses to UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Covington has also lost two bouts to Usman with a win in between against former champion Tyron Woodley.

Masvidal and Covington used to be teammates at American Top Team in South Florida, before a falling out between the two. Masvidal alleges that the feud stems from Covington failing to pay one of his coaches for his interim welterweight title fight against Rafael dos Anjos.

Two have gone back and forth on social media in recent weeks, with Masvidal recently calling out Covington on his Twitter page.

Meanwhile, Edwards is expected to get the next welterweight title shot against Usman. A formal date and fight booking hasn’t been announced yet, but it’s expected to be imminent.

It’s unclear what could be at stake in terms of title aspirations between Masvidal and Covington, with each of them losing two title fights. But, Edwards is not a fan of either of them and doesn’t see the main event booking as warranted.

What are your thoughts on Jorge Masvidal vs. Colby Covington?

Edwards Responds To “Deluded” Masvidal After Public Callout

UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards has responded to Jorge Masvidal’s claims that he can’t find an opponent for his return to the Octagon.

Masvidal was originally booked to be in action earlier this month at UFC 269 against arch-rival Edwards. …

Jorge Masvidal, Leon Edwards

UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards has responded to Jorge Masvidal’s claims that he can’t find an opponent for his return to the Octagon.

Masvidal was originally booked to be in action earlier this month at UFC 269 against arch-rival Edwards. In a grudge match over two years in the making, “Rocky” was set for his chance to exact revenge on “Gamebred” for the pair’s famous backstage altercation at a UFC London event in 2019.

A month prior to the year’s final pay-per-view, Masvidal withdrew due to an injury, later confirmed to MMA News by Colby Covington to be a rib issue. But the two-time welterweight title challenger is seemingly back to fitness and rallying for a fight, something he suggested is proving to be difficult.

Masvidal slammed “bitches” like Edwards and Colby Covington for not wanting to sign contracts agreeing to face him. “Rocky” has already announced his intention to wait for a title shot following his failed clash with Masvidal. Covington, meanwhile, has made his desire to face Masvidal, his former friend and teammate, well known.

Edwards Laughs Masvidal Off

In the aftermath of Masvidal’s public callout and re-emergence onto the welterweight scene, Edwards took to Twitter to respond. In a short and simple post, the #3-ranked contender laughed his foe’s claims off, describing him as “deluded” in the process.

“This motherfucker is deluded [LAUGH]”

Back-and-forth between Edwards and Masvidal surrounding accusations of ducking a fight against the other existed for the best part of two years. When the pair finally had a bout booked, it seemed their score would be settled. With the cancelation and Edwards’ decision to set his sights back on Kamaru Usman, it appears we’re set for more social media and interview exchanges between the two instead.

For Masvidal, his two most public options appear to be a clash of former friends with Covington or an unlikely crossover to the boxing ring to face YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul. “The Problem Child’ has been making Masvidal offers since his second victory over Tyron Woodley this month.

Would you like to see the Leon Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal matchup revived? If not, who should “Gamebred” face in 2022?

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Belal Muhammad Explains Why He Deserves A Title Shot Before Leon Edwards

Belall MuhammadWhen #5 ranked Welterweight Belal Muhammad dominated Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson this past Saturday night, it was clear he was ready for a major step up in competition. Riding a 6 fight winning streak, Muhammad firmly believes he is deserving of the next welterweight title shot over former opponent Leon Edwards. “I literally fought eight times […]

Belall Muhammad

When #5 ranked Welterweight Belal Muhammad dominated Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson this past Saturday night, it was clear he was ready for a major step up in competition.

Riding a 6 fight winning streak, Muhammad firmly believes he is deserving of the next welterweight title shot over former opponent Leon Edwards.

“I literally fought eight times while Leon’s fought three times in the last two or three years,” Muhammad told MMA Fighting. “I’m the one pushing, I’m the one being active. Dana White says he likes active fighters, he doesn’t like these people waiting. So if I go out there, I get a big win, I think I earned definitely a skip in front of him.

“I feel like I’ve earned a skip in front of him already based off of the level of opponent I fought. I fought [Demian] Maia and ‘Wonderboy’ (Stephen Thompson) back to back. And he’s fought, who did he beat… [Rafael] dos Anjos and Nate Diaz, who are both 55ers. So it’s like, if you really think, he hasn’t fought any ranked 170 pounders that are actually ranked and good right now.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

While Edwards is riding an impressive 10 fight unbeaten streak, he’s only fought twice in the past 2 years. Muhammad on the other hand, fought 4 times in 2021 alone.

When Muhammad and Edwards met in the octagon in March 2021, it ended in a no contest after Edwards poked Muhammad in the eye, rendering him unable to compete. The pair have been going back and forth on social media ever since.

Does Belal Muhammad deserve a title shot over Leon Edwards?