Leon Edwards is beneath lots of strain heading into the principle occasion of Saturday’s UFC Vegas 21. Not solely is Edwards, who’s the No. 3 ranked fighter within the official UFC rankings, coming off a layoff of over 19 months, he may earn a shot at Kamaru Usman and his UFC crown. Edwards faces Belal Muhammad on the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.
Edwards is using the second longest energetic welterweight profitable streak with eight straight victories. The one man with an extended undefeated run is Usman with 13 straight triumphs. Edwards most up-to-date victory was his July 2019 win over former UFC light-weight champion Rafael dos Anjos. Muhammad has received his previous 4 fights and is coming off a February victory over Dhiego Lima. Muhammad is ranked No. 13 within the 170-pound weight class.
Edwards’ final 4 scheduled fights have been scratched due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of these cancellations have been bookings with Khamzat Chimaev, with the opposite in opposition to Tyron Woodley final March.
Muhammad stepped in to switch Chimaev days after his win over Lima.
UFC Vegas 21 takes place at UFC Apex in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 13. The whole occasion streams on ESPN+.
Earlier than Edwards and Muhammad meet, here’s a have a look at how the 2 examine in key stats.
UFC 259:Leon Edwards vs. Belal Muhammad head-to-head stats
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