Leon Edwards feels that his upcoming fight must be for the globe championship and not a rematch in opposition to Belal Muhammad immediately after UFC Vegas 21’s disqualification summary.
The controversy from UFC 259 surely carried more than into yesterday’s UFC Vegas 21 occasion. Eryk Anders turned in his most effective Petr Yan impression with an unlawful knee of his individual but not like Yan was capable to escape with a no-contest ruling as opposed to a disqualification. And in the night’s major function, Leon Edwards’ long-awaited return to opposition was cut quick by a battle-ending eye poke to opponent Belal Muhammad.
Prior to the incident, Edwards was warned for this similar foul immediately after an previously poke. Even with the warning from referee Herb Dean and the repeat, a lot more grievous offense that followed, Edwards agrees with the ruling of a no-contest as opposed to a disqualification.
“Not genuinely. Not really,” Edwards responded at the UFC Vegas 21 submit-battle push convention when requested if he really should have been disqualified. “No, simply because when he warned me, I did put my fingers down. But as I was throwing a punch, he stepped in and shut the length, and he obtained caught. It is 1 of all those points. But I wish Belal, certainly, a entire recovery. I know it’s the struggle activity, but there’s a existence right after preventing, so I wish him superior overall health and a comprehensive restoration.”
Leon Edwards Calls For Title Shot, Not Rematch
Primary into the activities, Edwards had been campaigning hard for a earth title shot, and his quest was backed by UFC President Dana White. White certain that Edwards would get paid a title shot if he turned in a spectacular overall performance against Muhammad. Despite an outstanding initially-round from Edwards, he was not able to meet the “spectacular” prerequisite thanks to the disqualification. On the other hand, he believes that a title shot must be in the cards for him no matter.
“I believe that a title shot should be following,” Edwards stated. “ I’ve rebuilt myself back up because past competing towards Usman…went on an eight-battle acquire streak. Tonight, it was likely to be 9
“I was winning the fight evidently, so I imagine I must be subsequent at a title shot.”
Seeing as how Belal Muhammad is rated #13 and not the reigning welterweight winner, in which does that leave him in Leon Edwards’ foreseeable future designs? Nowhere at all.
“No, I really don’t experience I need to battle him all over again,” Edwards explained. “I only fought him due to the fact all those other men turned me down.
“I was winning the combat obviously. And I really don’t experience I will need to fight him once again. I need to have to move ahead. I’m on an 8-combat winning streak. That’s the third most in promotion history. It’s me, Usman, and GSP. So I feel I earned my way for a large struggle now, and we’ll see what is next.”
Leon Edwards has not particularly experienced the most effective luck in analyzing his opponents in excess of the past calendar year, so his say in his future opponent could be small at finest if that craze continues.
What do you imagine really should be subsequent for Leon Edwards pursuing his no-contest in opposition to Belal Muhammad to shut out UFC Vegas 21?