The new UFC welterweight champion, Leon Edwards, is more than ready to make a jump to the middleweight division and make an attempt to become a double champion. The next middleweight title fight is going to be between Sean Strickland and Dricus Du Plessis.On the other hand, Leon Edwards will be making his 2nd title defense against Colby Covington this December 16th.
Edwards created history by beating Kamaru Usman – a ferocious fighter who seemed to be on a never ending winning streak and is now strangled by successive defeats. Kamaru Usman tried to make some noise in the middleweight division, but Khamzat Chimaev’s strategic planning dissolved his chances of rising in the new division.
It will take Usman a few more matches to get back to where he was. As for now, Leon Edwards is the champion, and it will be fascinating to see how long he can sustain his position.
Leon Edwards on being a double champion
In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Leon Edwards shared his thoughts on fighting Sean Strickland or Dricus Du Plessis after his next title fight.
“100 percent, definitely,” Edwards said, as quoted by mmafighting.com. “I feel especially with someone like [Sean] Strickland, and I think he’s fighting [Dricus] Du Plessis soon, so either of them two would be great to fight.
“I’m big myself. I feel like that would be perfect. I feel like me going out and being double-champ, first ever from the UK to do it. That’s definitely one of my goals. That’s on the cards for sure”.
Edwards on the future: “Next would be perfect, to be honest, the division right now, there’s no one that’s exciting in the division so for me to go out there to do that, that would be perfect. UFC 300, I like that. To put me on that card would be massive. Let’s see”.