A win over Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21 this weekend will earn Leon Edwards a welterweight title shot, in accordance with UFC president Dana White.
Edwards (18-3) hasn’t fought within the UFC since defeating Rafael Dos Anjos in July 2019. The Brit’s final 4 scheduled fights have all been scratched as a result of COVID-19 pandemic. Three of these cancellations have been bookings with Khamzat Chimaev, with the opposite towards Tyron Woodley final March.
Chimaev was compelled to drag out of UFC Vegas 21 resulting from lingering coronavirus signs. Muhammad accepted the combat simply 5 days after his win over Dhiego Lima at UFC 258.
“100% [he’s next],” White advised BT Sport when requested about Edwards’ possibilities for a title shot with a win at UFC Vegas 21. (by way of MMA Combating)
Presently ranked at #3 within the UFC welterweight rankings, Edwards has gained eight straight fights within the UFC. The division’s champion Kamaru Usman was the final fighter at hand Edwards a loss, defeating ‘Rocky’ by determination in 2015.
Earlier than Edwards will get his shot, it appears seemingly the UFC will ebook a rematch between Usman and Jorge Masvidal. The pair met final July at UFC 251 with Usman successful a unanimous determination. Masvidal stepped up for that combat on lower than per week’s discover.
“[Usman] was telling me that he doesn’t like the truth that Masvidal has an excuse,” White stated. “So he stated, ‘I need to make it so this man has an important camp after which there’s no excuses.’”