UFC 263: Leon Edwards bullish forward of Nate Diaz battle as he eyes welterweight title shot

Birmingham’s Leon Edwards hopes {that a} win over Nate Diaz at UFC 263 this weekend will lastly land him a shot at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title.

The Brit is presently sat third within the UFC rankings behind Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns.

Although Edwards’ final battle again in March led to a no-contest after an unintended eye poke which noticed his opponent Beal Muhammad unable to proceed, ‘Rocky’ is having fun with an unbeaten streak stretching again to 2016.

Satirically, his final defeat was to Usman at UFC on Fox 17 – the present champ successful by determination in his official debut for the promotion.

Attributable to a mixture of eight straight wins and the potential of beating Diaz, that’s the reason Edwards views himself because the primary contender.

“After I am going out and beat Nate Diaz – he is an enormous identify within the sport they usually [UFC] maintain him in excessive regards – I deserve a title shot and I consider it is subsequent,” Edwards informed Sky Sports activities.

“That will probably be 9 fights in a row, the third-most within the historical past of the promotion in welterweight. Usman is primary, GSP after which me. So, I consider that after June 12 I deserve a title shot and I’ll get one.”


Leon Edwards is in a assured temper forward of his UFC 263 bout with Nate Diaz.

Edwards additionally revealed that whereas this is not formally a battle to find out a primary contender for Usman’s championship, he believes it is going to be vital in that regard.

“My administration crew and I’ve spoken to them [UFC] about what’s subsequent after this battle. That is 9 fights in a row the child has fought, and he is beat everybody you have put in entrance of him, what extra does he have to do to ensure he will get a title shot subsequent?”.

“They would not placed on paper ‘okay, you are 100 per cent subsequent’, however they had been like ‘yeah, you’re 100 per cent subsequent’. However they would not put it in writing.”

“Like I mentioned, I am going to harm Nate and put him away, I’ll placed on an incredible efficiency, make the followers wish to see it and hopefully the followers will push for it and we’ll get the battle made.”

AP - Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington during a press conference for UFC 245


Leon Edwards believes that he needs to be subsequent in line for a shot at Kamaru Usman’s welterweight title.

Nevertheless, earlier than Edwards can look in the direction of championship gold, he faces a person that has turn into synonymous with the UFC since his debut in 2007.

Alongside his older brother Nick, the Diaz’ have created a legacy in MMA that only a few will match.

Along with his relentless trash-talking, never-say-die perspective and the long-lasting ‘Stockton Slap’, there isn’t any doubt that Diaz will deliver one thing a bit totally different to battle week that may get followers excited; one thing that Edwards is ready for.

“I am 100 per cent prepared for it. I’ve fought 5 rounds earlier than, I’ve fought overseas earlier than with totally different crowds, I am prepared. That is simply one other major occasion. You possibly can construct it up in your head: ‘I am preventing Nate Diaz’, nevertheless it’s simply one other battle.”

“You do not have to overcomplicate it, that is what different guys do of their heads. Pondering ‘oh, this can be a huge alternative’, nevertheless it’s not. If something, it is a chance for him to battle me.

“I am the one which’s going on the market and successful. He hasn’t fought since 2019. I am specializing in getting the job completed. I do not wish to overthink it; I consider that I am the higher fighter and I’ll show that.”

“I am entering into there to cease him and I’ve each instrument in my guide to cease him. If I am going out and be myself, I beat him. It may be an incredible, entertaining battle and I can not wait.”

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