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UFC 263: Leon Edwards bullish forward of Nate Diaz combat as he eyes welterweight title shot | MMA Information

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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 at the moment sat third within the UFC rankings behind Colby Covington and Gilbert Burns.

Although Edwards’ final combat again in March resulted in 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 profitable by determination in his official debut for the promotion.

As a result of a mix of eight straight wins and the potential of beating Diaz, that’s the reason Edwards views himself because the primary contender.

“After I’m going out and beat Nate Diaz – he is a giant identify within the sport they usually [UFC] maintain him in excessive regards – I deserve a title shot and I imagine it is subsequent,” Edwards instructed Sky Sports activities.

“That shall 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 imagine that after June 12 I deserve a title shot and I’ll get one.”









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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 combat to find out a primary contender for Usman’s championship, he believes will probably be important in that regard.

“My administration staff and I’ve spoken to them [UFC] about what’s subsequent after this combat. 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 must 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 might be 100 per cent subsequent’. However they would not put it in writing.”

“Like I stated, I will harm Nate and put him away, I’ll placed on an important efficiency, make the followers need to see it and hopefully the followers will push for it and we’ll get the combat made.”



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








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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 out to be 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.

Together with his relentless trash-talking, never-say-die angle and the enduring ‘Stockton Slap’, there is not any doubt that Diaz will carry one thing a bit completely different to combat 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 completely different crowds, I am prepared. That is simply one other major occasion. You may construct it up in your head: ‘I am combating Nate Diaz’, however it’s simply one other combat.”

“You do not have to overcomplicate it, that is what different guys do of their heads. Pondering ‘oh, it is a huge alternative’, however it’s not. If something, it is a possibility for him to combat me.

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

“I am stepping into there to cease him and I’ve each instrument in my e-book to cease him. If I’m going out and be myself, I beat him. It may be an important, entertaining combat and I can not wait.”



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