For a long time after the victory against Nate Diaz (in June), Leon Edwards said that he was not interested in any other fight, except the one for the belt. In nine of the last ten matches, Edwards has recorded a win, and the effect might have been one hundred percent had the fight against Belal Muhammad not been stopped by an unintentional stab in the eye by Edwards.
Edwards also spent a long time looking for a fight against Jorge Masvidal, but "Gamebred" was then in the game to attack the belt and Edwards was not an interesting option for him. After two consecutive Masvidal defeats against Usman, things have turned around and Leon Edwards is now in a better situation when it comes to the UFC’s welterweight category.
For a while, "Rocky" refused to fight Masvidal, but in the end, the match was arranged. The 30-year-old from Birmingham in an interview for MMA Hour explained why he still accepted the match against Jorge Masvidal.
'' They came with the right offer and so I decided to stop shortly before my title opportunity. Yes, that's one hundred percent part of the deal. Even before they offered me this money, I told them I would do this fight for them if I got a chance to attack the belt after that."
"They agreed and so I will go out there, give the best performance of my life, and then I will fight for the belt. "
Next in line
Colby Covington and Kamaru Usman will play a match for the welterweight champion on November 6.
Edwards believes he is next in line after that and believes that no other fighter in the category deserves that opportunity more than him. '' What are their other options anyway? There’s no way I can pick someone else.
As I said, I’m focused on the task that awaits me." "I fight Masvidal in December and I will defeat him. It’s a fight I’ve wanted for a long time. I can't wait to get in the cage and to shut his mouth, "Rocky added.
Of course, Edwards faces an extremely difficult task. Jorge Masvidal is one of the best fighters in the category and Leon must not think too much about the "title shot" before he passes the big obstacle he accepted on his way to the top of the welterweight category. We will see if he can win and thus take revenge on Masvidal