Leon Edwards Targeting Masvidal, Lawler Or Dos Anjos At UFC 231 In Toronto
Leon Edwards is coming off the back of the biggest win of his career against Donald Cerrone last June, but if you think he’s done there, you would be sorely mistaken.
Edwards picked up his second win of the year at UFC Singapore and in doing so got himself up to #11 in the UFC welterweight rankings. Despite defeating Cerrone, Edwards has had to watch from the sidelines ever since and he even last week had to watch Cerrone take part in a star-studded 25th Anniversary UFC press conference in Los Angeles.
Speaking to exclusively to MMANytt.com this evening, Edwards admitted he was disappointed not be involved in the presser last week.
“Yeah, 100-percent I was disappointed not to be involved,” Edwards said. “I’m going to push for a top-10 guy now and once I get that I’ll be happy. I was there actually, in L.A. thinking it would be good to be onstage, but like I said, I just want a top-10 guy. That’s the most important thing. I deserve to be ranked higher than #11 and I think I deserved to be on that stage.”
Edwards performance over Cerrone was dominant to the extent that many felt he should’ve finished the fight. Whilst Edwards tends to agree with that opinion, he does feel there was a benefit going the distance.
“I would give myself like seven or eight out of ten for the Cowboy fight,” Edwards said. “I think I should’ve finished him earlier in the fight but it was the first time I went to the fourth and fifth round and I felt good, so it was useful for that reason. I felt amazing so it was good from that perspective.”
Who and when Edwards fights next remains up in the air. If he has it his way though, one of three names will be standing across the Octagon from him next time out and he’s aiming for some of the biggest names in the division.
“The UFC has messaged me now saying they will take a look and see what is coming. Whether is Masvidal, Lawler, I’m told they won’t be ready until December, so I’m just going to have to wait a bit now. I’ll just carry on with my training and make improvements.”
“I’d love the Masvidal fight next,” Edwards continued. “But it sounds like he’s going on some f***ing gameshow or something like that. I really don’t know. We will have to wait and see. Lawler would be good for and RDA would also be good. Whoever is ranked higher me in the top-10, I’m looking forward to getting one of those fights by the end of the year.
“Everyone knows what legend Robbie is, it would be an honour to fight him. Masvidal is a big name, RDA is a big name. Just any of those three. I think all of them will be ready in December and I’ll put them away. It will be the perfect end to the year.”
If you a ‘perfect end to the year’ involves fighting on Dec. 29 at UFC 232, you best think again. Edwards has an eye on fighting as early on in December as possible and 0ne card in particular has caught his eye.
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“No way. I definitely don’t want on that end of year card,” Edwards said. “I want to push for UFC 231, the Canada card.”