Leon Edwards Wants To Avenge Kamaru Usman Loss With A Win Over RDA

Leon Edwards is hopeful a win over Rafael dos Anjos earns him a chance at exacting revenge over current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. Edwards will finally get a highly-ranked opponent in Dos Anjos when they collide in the UFC San Antonio headliner later this month. A win for “Rocky” could possibly move him high up […]

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Leon Edwards is hopeful a win over Rafael dos Anjos earns him a chance at exacting revenge over current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

Edwards will finally get a highly-ranked opponent in Dos Anjos when they collide in the UFC San Antonio headliner later this month. A win for “Rocky” could possibly move him high up the rankings and into the title picture. It would also put him on an eight-fight winning streak with the last person to defeat him being Usman via unanimous decision back in 2015.

It is why the Birmingham native wants to be the one to dethrone “The Nigerian Nightmare” should he come out on top against Dos Anjos:

“I’m putting in the work and beating so many of these so-called tough guys that everyone else is raving about,” Edwards told MMA Junkie. “So I feel after going out there and beating the former lightweight champion, that will put some eyes on me. And I would love, after beating him, getting the rematch against Kamaru Usman. I think that would be my dream after beating ‘RDA.’

“I want to be the one to dethrone him, to go out there and beat him. I feel like that would be the amazing story for that to happen. For me to go out there and beat him after he beat me three, four years ago, and I went undefeated, and then come back and beat him for the world title – that would be the perfect story.”

Edwards Can’t Be Denied Title Shot Against Usman

While there are other welterweight fights coming up that could determine the next contender at Usman’s title, Edwards feels he can’t be denied if he gets a statement win over a former champion in Dos Anjos:

“I feel after beating ‘RDA,’ that will put me right in line for a title shot,” Edwards explained. “I’ll be on an eight-fight win streak after beating ‘RDA,’ and how can they deny me, you know what I mean? My aim is to go out there and perform and stop the man and get a world title shot.

“He’s a former world champion, he’s ranked No. 3 in the world, so this is the fight I’ve been looking for. This is the fight I’ve been asking for, so I’m looking forward to going out there and proving my point and putting on a show.”

Do you think Edwards deserves a title shot with a win over RDA? Or should it be the winner of Jorge Masvidal vs. Ben Askren? Or Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler?

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Leon Edwards Sees RDA As Path to Redemption

Leon Edwards will face off against Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC San Antonio on July 20th, and both men share a common opponent who currently resides on the throne of the welterweight division, Kamaru Usman. Edwards’ loss to Usman occurred …

Leon Edwards will face off against Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC San Antonio on July 20th, and both men share a common opponent who currently resides on the throne of the welterweight division, Kamaru Usman. Edwards’ loss to Usman occurred four years ago at UFC on Fox 17. Since then, Edwards […]

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Rafael dos Anjos Meets Leon Edwards In UFC San Antonio Main Event

It looks like UFC San Antonio finally has its main event. Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole has reported that former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will meet Leon Edwards in the main event. The show goes down on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. It had previously been reported […]

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It looks like UFC San Antonio finally has its main event.

Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole has reported that former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will meet Leon Edwards in the main event. The show goes down on Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. It had previously been reported that the UFC wanted to move Luke Rockhold vs. Jan Blachowicz from UFC 239 to main event the show.

However, Rockhold had a Ralph Lauren Polo commercial that day, which couldn’t be moved. As a result, Rockhold vs. Blachowicz will remain on UFC 239:

“Main event for UFC on ESPN 4 in San Antonio finalized: It will be Rafael dos Anjos vs Leon Edwards, five rounds. UFC wanted Blachowicz-Rockhold to move there, but Rockhold is filming a Ralph Lauren Polo commercial that day which couldn’t be moved.”

This matchup is an interesting one considering Edwards recently claimed “RDA” turned down a fight against him. Whatever the case, both sides have come to terms on a deal that will see them headline the San Antonio show.

In addition to this, MMA Fighting has learned that Alexander Hernandez, a local, will be competing on the show too. He’ll be taking on veteran Francisco Trinaldo. Cageside Press was first to report the matchup.

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Leon Edwards Claims Rafael dos Anjos Turned Down Fight With Him

It looks like a fight between Leon Edwards and Rafael dos Anjos won’t be happening anytime soon. Edwards took to Twitter and claimed that the former Brazilian lightweight champion turned down a fight against him in August. He added that dos Anjos marks the fifth welterweight who has turned him down thus far: “Got the […]

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It looks like a fight between Leon Edwards and Rafael dos Anjos won’t be happening anytime soon.

Edwards took to Twitter and claimed that the former Brazilian lightweight champion turned down a fight against him in August. He added that dos Anjos marks the fifth welterweight who has turned him down thus far:

“Got the official word that @RdosAnjosMMA turned down a fight with me in August. Add him to the list of pussies that don’t want this smoke. That makes 5 now. The so-called top welterweights are a joke #strapseason #mrdoitall

Currently ranked at No. 11, Edwards is on a seven-fight win streak within the division. In his last two victories, Edwards has picked up wins over names such as Donald Cerrone and Gunnar Nelson. Now, he’s looking to share the Octagon against a top-tier contender that can hopefully land him a shot at the title.

As for dos Anjos, he defeated Kevin Lee in May via fourth-round submission. The victory snapped a two-fight losing streak after dropping decision losses to both Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman – both of whom went on to win welterweight gold. Dos Anjos is ranked at No. 3 in the official UFC fighter rankings at welterweight.

Perhaps the Brazilian didn’t want to take a chance fighting someone so low down on the list. Edwards, on the other hand, is looking to fight up the ranks as high as possible. Given the complicated welterweight title picture at the moment, it will be interesting to see how things shake out when it’s all said and done.

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Leon Edwards Calls Out ‘Midget’ Rafael dos Anjos

Leon Edwards knows exactly who he wants to fight next. Edwards previously called out former UFC champs Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler. Now, he’s doubling down on his callout of the former Brazilian 155-pound champ. “Rocky” took to Twitter to call out “RDA,” who he referred to as a “midget”: “The fight to make […]

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Leon Edwards knows exactly who he wants to fight next.

Edwards previously called out former UFC champs Rafael dos Anjos and Robbie Lawler. Now, he’s doubling down on his callout of the former Brazilian 155-pound champ. “Rocky” took to Twitter to call out “RDA,” who he referred to as a “midget”:

“The fight to make for August or early September I would school this midget”

Currently, Edwards is on a seven-fight win streak over names such as Vicente Luque, Bryan Barberena, Donald Cerrone, and Gunnar Nelson. A win over a fighter the caliber of dos Anjos or Lawler would be a huge plus for his title aspirations.

As for “RDA,” he picked up his first victory since 2017 last week (Sat. May 18, 2019) over Kevin Lee. The pair main evented UFC Rochester, where dos Anjos submitted Lee in the fourth round by way of an arm-triangle choke. Before that, “RDA” was defeated back-to-back by both Colby Covington and current 170-pound champ Kamaru Usman.

Now at 170 pounds, dos Anjos is hoping to join a short list of fighters who have picked up titles in different weight classes. However, he’ll have to do it in one of the most talent-stacked divisions the UFC has to offer.

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Kevin Lee Says ‘No Doubt I’ll Be A World Champion’

Kevin Lee moved up to welterweight to take on Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC Rochester. Many believed the move up to welterweight would be good for the “Motown Phenom” as he would not deplete himself to cut down to lightweight. A…

Kevin Lee moved up to welterweight to take on Rafael dos Anjos in the main event of UFC Rochester. Many believed the move up to welterweight would be good for the “Motown Phenom” as he would not deplete himself to cut down to lightweight. And, as a result of not depleting himself, many thought his […]

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