After completing the hat trick against Usman at UFC 286, Leon Edwards declared, “It’s my era,” and declared his intention to reign over the UFC’s WW division for the foreseeable future.
After putting an end to his feud with Kamaru Usman, LEON EDWARDS declared that he would remain UFC welterweight champion for the foreseeable future.
At UFC 286, the main event at the sold-out O2 Arena early yesterday morning, “Rocky” retained his 170lbs title with a points victory.
Edwards, 31, put on a show of pinpoint striking and incredible takedown defense to silence critics of his last-gasp title victory last August.
A two-time victor over the sport’s former pound-for-pound king, the Brummie is now determined to leave a lasting legacy.
‘It’s every kid’s dream to be here tonight,’ he said.
This is my time, I declared it this week.
“I haven’t been defeated in a fight in a very long time. The average age of marriage is around seven or eight.
“I believe this is my time now, and that my life and journey have prepared me for these moments.”
Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, wants Edwards to face Colby Covington, the former interim champion, at the O2 in London once again in July.
But the smooth southpaw is adamant that the Trump supporter from the United States doesn’t deserve another shot at the title.
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UFC champion Anthony Johnson, Great Britain’s second champion, said, “I don’t know how that makes sense.
He hasn’t engaged in battle in over a year and a half. Didn’t get hurt while sitting out.
When there are other guys in the division who have been active, I don’t see how he can just walk in and get a shot at the world title.
After being attacked backstage at the O2 four years ago, Edward now has his sights set on settling the score with Jorge Masvidal.
He declared, “If we’re going pay-per-view-wise, and Masvidal beats [Gilbert] Burns, then that’s the fight to make.
But I don’t think Colby can sit out a year without getting hurt and then sneak in.
To get here, I had to endure 12 battles. No one would give me a title shot because they didn’t know who I was.
And now I reign supreme. And he can just cut in front of everyone? I am the king; repeat after me. It’s up to me to pick the next victim.
Usman, also known as “Nigerian Nightmare,” is 35 years old, but he has no plans to retire. He wants to fight Edwards for a fourth time.
The fight was close, but I think I did enough to win,” he said. Excellent strategy.
Since the beginning, I’ve maintained that I would run into Leon again. It’s not over yet. It’s inevitable that we’ll cross paths again.
I have always admired him for his many accomplishments. Please accept my sincere gratitude.