Dana White Claims It’s A ‘Good Idea’ For Leon Edwards To Win Another Fight Before Title Challenge

UFC president, Dana White believes the #3 ranked welterweight contender, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards should lodge one more win despite embarking on a 10-fight undefeated streak before he calls for his premier tilt at gold in the promotion.

Most recently featuring on the main card of UFC 263 in June, Edwards scored a unanimous decision victory over veteran fan favorite, Nate Diaz in the first five round, non-title, non-main event bout in the history of the promotion.

Building up quite a sizeable lead in regards to points on the judge’s scorecards for the majority of the bout, with a single minute remaining, Edwards was clipped with a stinging left straight from Diaz — resulting in a notable wobble and a period of worry for the Birmingham native.

Surviving the late round scare, Edwards lodged his first victory since a headlining win over former lightweight champion, Rafael dos Anjos back at UFC Fight Night San Antonio in July of 2019 — having fought to a second round ‘No Contest’ against Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21 in March of this year, after landing an inadvertent eye poke.

Last month, White claimed that despite his winning spree, Edwards should remain active, and suggested a grudge match opposite former two-time title challenger, Jorge Masvidal.

It’s never a good idea to sit around and wait,” White told MMA Junkie. “Lots of bad things have happened to guys that have sat around and waited. This sport is just like life. There are no guarantees in life. You gotta get in there, you gotta fight your ass off, you gotta stay relevant, and you gotta make people chomping at the bit saying, ‘All right, Leon’s (Edwards) getting screwed now. This guy should be getting this title fight.’ You want the fans screaming for you to be the next guy to get that title shot. And, yeah, with the bad luck that that poor kid has had, he should stay as active as he possibly can.

That is a fun one,” White said of a pairing between Edwards and Masvidal. “I agree. If there’s another fight to make right now, you’re dead on. That’s probably the fight to make.

Speaking following UFC 265 on Saturday, White explained that Edwards should probably secure yet another victory at welterweight before calling for a title shot — after Vicente Luque secured a standout D’Arce choke win over the #5 ranked Michael Chiesa.

I don’t know, I don’t know,” White said when asked if Edwards would need to win another fight. “Right here off the top of my head, I don’t know. (It’s) probably a good idea. I mean, the guy’s (Leon Edwards) fought one time in the last two years I think.

Off the back of his unanimous decision victory, Edwards was expected to meet with reigning champion, Kamaru Usman in a championship rematch, however, the promotion elected to make a title re-run between Usman and former interim gold holder, Colby Covington — which is scheduled to headline UFC 268 on November 4.


Ross Markey

An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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