Leon Edwards is currently on an 8 fight win streak in the UFCs Welterweight division. With his last loss coming from current Welterweight Champion, Kamaru Usman, back in 2015.
Despite his win streak, Leon Edwards is still in search of his first UFC title shot.
Many questions have been asked over the past few months on where Edwards sits in the Welterweight division. Top 5 opponents typically avoid his name, and he doesn’t come up discussion often. This is mostly down to Edwards ability to talk and hype a fight, and not a reflection of his abilities inside of the octagon.
Kamaru Usman is currently set to defend his belt against Gilbert Burns in December. After that, Colby Covington is knocking on the door for a rematch, after he TKOd Tyron Woodley last weekend.
However, it’ll surely come to a point soon where Edwards cannot be denied a title shot much longer.
According to reports, Edwards was offered a title shot earlier this year on late notice. But due to Covid 19, his gym was shut and he couldn’t train properly for the bout, so he had to decline.
Former title challenger, Stephen Thompson, took to Twitter this week to call Edwards out. Thompson claims that he’s expressed an interest for some time face Edwards, but Edwards believes the benefits would be in Thompson’s favour, and wouldn’t help his case to get a title shot any sooner.
Adam Catterall from BT Sport recently caught up with UFC President, Dana White. As BT Sport mostly represents coverage in England, Catterall was naturally interested in asking White about his plans for Leon Edwards.
Dana White responded that Edwards is “right there” and that he should sit tight. He then went on to say that “something big is coming his way” in regards to his upcoming fights. Catterall told White that he was delighted to hear it.
There’s a lot of moving pieces in the UFCs Welterweight division, but it sounds like Edwards is on the cusp of a number 1 contender fight at the very least, if not a title shot.
Let’s hope to see him fight again soon and put his win streak on the line.