Immediately after successful eight fights in a row, the British welterweight has been clamoring for a shot at the title, or at worst, a matchup against another top rated contender to assistance assurance him a rematch with reigning champion Kamaru Usman.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic put a stop to Edwards’ most not too long ago scheduled fight, when he was meant to fulfill former champion Tyron Woodley in a main function that would have most likely cemented him as the next man or woman in line for the title.
6 months later on, Edwards is still ready for the opportunity to combat. But if he’s not obtaining the title shot suitable away, he’s not heading backward.
“Obviously, No. 1 is the championship, Kamaru Usman,” Edwards discussed when talking to MMA Battling. “Give me the No. 1 contender, and then the winner will get the title shot between [Jorge] Masvidal and now Colby [Covington]. I’m all set to go.
“These fellas are making every single excuse in the e-book as to why not to struggle the No. 3 in the world. It’s weird to me. I’m all set to go. They’re all currently being p*ssies but I’m in this article. I’m all set to go.”
Just recently, previous two-time title contender Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson took to Twitter for the first time at any time to call out an opponent as he specific Edwards as the fighter he required to facial area up coming.
When Thompson undoubtedly has a title in the welterweight division, Edwards does not think that struggle will in fact do as substantially for him as waiting for one of the other top contenders at 170 lbs ..
“As far as Wonderboy, he obtained knocked out like a battle back,” Edwards explained. “[Anthony] Pettis knocked him out 1 battle back. If I go out there correct now and I struggle Wonderboy and I defeat Wonderboy the UFC will be like ‘let’s go one more in the top rated-five and then we’ll go for a title.’ They wouldn’t give me a title shot straight absent. …
“For me to get to the environment title, which is my intention and my dream, is to conquer one particular of people leading-4 [guys]. I have to struggle someone in the leading-four to get my title shot.”
With his final a few wins coming more than Rafael dos Anjos, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and Gunnar Nelson as properly as a earlier victory in excess of Luque through his 8-fight win streak, Edwards just doesn’t see how experiencing Wonderboy will do substantially of anything at all for his job goals.
“I’ve carried out all the Wonderboy fights,” Edwards spelled out. “I’ve been there, finished it. I’m on an eight-combat get streak now. I really don’t require to go struggle somebody like Wonderboy. He does very little for my vocation.
“He’s coming down, I’m heading up. If he gets 1 or two much more wins, then I’ll look at it.”
A further identify that has quickly become well-liked in the UFC is undefeated prospect Khamzat Chimaev, who won his to start with two fights inside the octagon inside of 10 times. He then followed that up with a stunning 17-next knockout above Gerald Meerschaert in September.
Chimaev is by now lined up to headline a card in Las Vegas afterwards this yr, even though UFC president Dana White shot down Edwards as a possible opponent for him at that function.
Edwards has not paid out way too a lot consideration to the buzz surrounding Chimaev, especially looking at his lone win at welterweight in the UFC came in opposition to a debuting fighter on brief observe.
“As far as Chimaev, he’s only had what one particular struggle at welterweight from a lightweight guy?” Edwards stated in reference to Chimaev’s acquire more than Rhys McKee. “It’s challenging to decide from that. When he’s calling me out, I really don’t seriously pay notice. It is what it is. I do not actually spend consideration way too a great deal.”
For all the buzz and interest currently being paid out to Chimaev, Edwards would like to see him truly deal with leading levels of competition in advance of actually anointing him as the future significant point.
“He has to at the very least conquer anyone in the best-f**king-25 before you go straight to f**king struggle No. 3,” Edwards said with a chuckle. “At least battle someone in the top-25 or -30 first.
“Then we can go and start off chatting from there, but the MMA group is pretty much if you feed them anything, they’ll purchase into it. It is what it is.”