Top welterweight contender Leon Edwards has signed a new multi-fight deal with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).
A press release from Paradigm Sports Management confirmed the news. Edwards is scheduled to fight former UFC welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, at UFC Fight Night 171. The event will take place at the O2 Arena in London on March 21, 2020.
Furthermore, the press release stated that with a new deal in place, he is targeting a title fight in 2020 and hopes to become the new UFC welterweight champion.
“I am excited to re-sign with the world’s foremost MMA promotion,” Edwards said. “I have had an incredible run in the UFC thus far, and this contract secures my financial position as I make my run towards the welterweight title in 2020.”
Leon Edwards is riding on an eight-fight winning streak. He has beaten the likes of Donald Cerrone, Vincente Luque, Gunner Nelson, Rafael Dos Anjos etc.
His last loss in the UFC came to current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC on Fox 17 in December of 2015.
Tyron Woodley had no choice but to accept a fight with Leon Edwards
Leon Edwards revealed in an interview with MMA Junkie that Tyron Woodley had no choice but to accept to fight Edwards. According to Edwards, UFC had to force Woodley to accept the fight.
“Tyron was trying to make excuses of why he shouldn’t come overseas and why he didn’t want to come to London,” Edwards said. “The UFC had to force him into it. They gave him no choice but to take the fight. He was forced into it and he knows it’s a dangerous fight for him. After I beat him, where does he go? He knows the risk.
“I went to Vegas and I had a meeting with Sean Shelby and Dana White. They were saying, ‘You’ve got no other options.’ He would fight me or they were going to move him out of the rankings.
“He had no choice. He had to take the fight. There’s no other way for him to go and he can’t wait out for a title shot because that’s not going to happen. It’s the only fight that makes sense for the division.”
Edwards would have liked a fight against Masvidal or Usman
Tyron Woodley is the biggest fight of his career. That is to say, he would have prefered a fight against reigning UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman or BMF champion Jorge Masvidal.
“After this fight, I’ll be ranked No. 1 and on a nine-fight win streak,” Edwards said. “That’s second most to the champion right now. There’s no bigger fight. I would have loved the title fight or (Jorge) Masvidal, but this is the next best thing. Fighting Tyron Woodley, a former world champion, some people consider him the best welterweight of all time.
“It’s good to be able to go out there and prove my case that I’m leaps above these guys. I look forward to going out there and putting on the performance of my life. I’ll show I’m better than these guys and it’s going to be good.” (H/T – MMA Junkie)
Who do you guys think wins in a fight between Leon Edwards and Tyron Woodley?