Gilbert Burns is officially up coming for UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. On the other hand, the matchup wasn’t the UFC’s initial option, in accordance to his fellow 170-pound contender Leon Edwards.
In a tweet issued Tuesday, Edwards (18-3 MMA, 10-2 UFC) claimed the UFC presented him a combat with Usman (16-1 MMA, 11- UFC), which he turned down. The UFC then available the chance to Burns (19-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) who acknowledged the July 11 matchup at UFC 251.
Edwards did not elaborate on the details of why he turned down the combat but indicated self-assurance in his determination.
“For people asking, sure I got presented the shot right before Gilbert,” Edwards wrote. “We couldn’t make it get the job done this time. 2020 has been hard for me on this aspect of the environment, as it has been for (a whole lot) of people today, but (expletive) it, you cannot prevent what is inevitable.”
In a follow-up tweet, Edwards vowed to get get the title in the long run.
“The strap will be mine,” Edwards wrote. “Continue to stay safe and sound all people.”
Edwards, 28, is using an 8-fight winning streak. His only two UFC losses have appear against Kamaru Usman (in December 2015) and Claudio Silva (in November 2014).
Not possessing competed due to the fact July 2019, Edwards was scheduled to battle in March towards Tyron Woodley. On the other hand, the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent journey constraints triggered Edwards to withdraw and the party was sooner or later canceled.
Examine out Edwards’ tweets down below: