Stephen Thompson is not a admirer of the way Leon Edwards has managed himself in the aftermath of last Saturday’s UFC Vegas 21 occasion.
UFC Vegas 21 did not have a summary that any individual noticed coming, which include Belal Muhammad, who was blinded by a vicious (albeit accidental) eye poke from Leon Edwards. The bout was identified as to an finish prematurely in the 2nd round, with Edwards escaping a disqualification even with currently being warned for the same foul committed before in the battle.
With absolutely no closure connected to the combat and such an unsavory consequence, it was commonly anticipated that there would be a rematch to established matters straight. That certainly is what Belal Muhammad was expecting and is continuing to phone for in the days following the event. Nevertheless, Leon Edwards has other designs.
In the post-struggle push meeting, Edwards identified as for a title shot for his subsequent struggle. And earlier currently, it was described that he is once more fascinated in a battle in opposition to Colby Covington. Among individuals who seen the conspicuously absent name of Belal Muhammad from Edwards’ programs was Muhammad himself and fellow welterweight Stephen Thompson.
“The eye pokes (had been) just a shame, guy. I was unhappy to see it happen. He was warned after, I assume, about the fingers remaining out there and then the eye poke, it is just not a way you want a battle to get. I know Leon Edwards was upset Belal was disappointed, but you seriously just can’t request for the title immediately after something like that,” Thompson told Submission Radio before this 7 days.
“You poked the dude in the eye. Like, you get a title shot following that? Occur on, man. You haven’t fought in pretty much two yrs? Nah, I’m kind of with Colby on that. You really don’t ought to have it. You gotta fight, and actually clearly show some thing, seriously do extra than just eye pokes.”
Thompson Would Have Handled Issues Differently With Father’s Steering
Stephen Thompson also went on to say that if his coach, father, and mentor Ray Thompson wouldn’t have stood for it if his son responded to a no-contest the way Edwards has. In simple fact, “Wonderboy” joked that it would have even gotten actual physical in between father and son in a one-sided altercation if he had replicated Edwards’ conduct.
“He would have definitely slapped me in the confront, say, ‘No, you unquestionably need to run it back again or combat any individual and truly present out in purchase to get that title shot,” Thompson mentioned with a smile. “So, yeah, he would have absolutely slapped me if I would have questioned for the title (shot), but then ended up poking the guy in the eye and the fight finished up being a no-contest. He’d be like, ‘No, you ain’t obtaining that shot that way.’
“So you gotta be honorable about it, either operate it back or face any individual, like myself, to actually demonstrate it.”
There is at this time no fight booked for Edwards or Thompson at the moment. Equally gentlemen are actively attempting to adjust that but are heading about it in a lot considerably less polarizing strategies.
Do you concur with Stephen Thompson’s choose on Leon Edwards’ phone calls for a title shot subsequent the UFC Vegas 21 no-contest?