Leon Edwards just cannot capture a split. The streaking welterweight contender has received his past eight trips to the Octagon but it continue to appears like “Rocky” is battling an uphill fight.
Edwards, who is at present rated No. 3 in the UFC’s welterweight division, manufactured a return to motion versus Belal Muhammad previously this month at UFC Vegas 21. It was Edwards’ first physical appearance in above 600 times and a makeshift key celebration that he did not even will need to take. Bear in mind, Edwards was meant to fight soaring star Khamzat Chimaev ahead of COVID-19 nixed that matchup on two separate instances.
Sadly, Edwards’ negative luck continued in his principal event scrap with Muhammad. Right after a sound 1st round Edwards unintentionally poked Muhammad in the eye in the next (view it Listed here). The foul was not carried out on objective but it poorly harm Muhammad and prohibited the fight from continuing.
Regardless of waiting so extensive to get back into the cage and getting his opponents modified numerous instances above the earlier couple of a long time, Edwards was right back again where by he begun. Completely ready to contend but unable to struggle.
Following seeing his primary celebration with Muhammad dominated a no contest Edwards caught up with his mom on a cellular phone call. That moment was captured and can be witnessed in the over video clip participant courtesy of ESPN. It was an emotional exchange among the two as Edwards could not mask his aggravation immediately after a botched return.
Edwards, who hasn’t misplaced due to the fact dropping a determination to Kamaru Usman back again in Dec. 2015, was hoping that UFC nevertheless granted him a title shot irrespective of his struggle with Muhammad. But with Usman already scheduled to rematch Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 this April “Rocky” is left to decide on up the items and wait for UFC to come across his future opponent.
At this position, it would seem like Colby Covington is the most most likely candidate.
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