UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards feels that the UFC is hoping that he loses a fight and doesn’t want him to get to the top of the already stacked welterweight division. Leon who is riding an amazing unbeaten streak of nine fights for the last six years feels that the promotion is not making good use of him and instead they are trying to get him beat so that he doesn’t become the champion. Though his claims are his personal opinions the way UFC has handled him for the past couple of years might be the reason for his thoughts.
Leon has done everything that will give him the title shot but the promotion still chooses to give the title shot to the fighters who have already lost to the champion Kamaru Usman. Usman is now getting ready to rematch Colby Covington and they’re set to fight at UFC 268 in November. Leon says that he will fight another fight that too against two-time title challenger Jorge Masvidal if that’s what the UFC wants but the fight should happen according to Leon’s timeline.
“I thought Masvidal was an option, but [his camp is] saying next year, and I’m not waiting until next year,” Edwards said Monday on The MMA Hour. “If I’m waiting until next year, I might as well be fighting for the world title.
“Why would I wait for a man I’ve called out for three years, turned me down for three years – now he’s coming off two back-to-back losses, got knocked out in his last fight, to say yeah, I’ll fight you next year, when I could wait for the title shot?”
“I know he won’t take it,” Edwards said. “He talks all this sh*t on social media, and plays this tough guy on social media, but we all know he’s not going to take it. He’s coming off back-to-back losses, he’s trying to get another win to get his name back where he was. But I truly believe he won’t take it. He chose to fight Ben Askren over me. That proves enough he’s not willing to fight me.”
Leon Edwards made some valid points stating that the UFC is trying to hold him back from the title shot and doesn’t want him to be the champion.
“It’s been six years since my last loss,” Edwards said. “Colby got beat by the champion, fought Woodley, the fight ended by injury, sat out for over a year and got a title shot. But when I go on and get 10 fights in a row, now, ‘He needs one more.’ Every time, it’s one more. I think they’re trying to get me beat, but I cannot lose. I truly believe that I will be the next world champion. They’re trying to hold me back from it, but it’s coming. I truly believe it.”
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