A win over Belal Muhammad at UFC Vegas 21 this weekend will earn Leon Edwards a welterweight title shot, according to UFC president Dana White.
Edwards (18-3) hasn't fought in the UFC since defeating Rafael Dos Anjos in July 2019. The Brit’s last four scheduled fights have all been scratched due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Three of those cancellations have been bookings with Khamzat Chimaev, with the other against Tyron Woodley last March.
Currently ranked at #3 in the UFC welterweight rankings, Edwards has won eight straight fights in the UFC. The division’s champion Kamaru Usman was the last fighter to hand Edwards a loss, defeating ‘Rocky’ by decision in 2015.
Before Edwards gets his shot, it seems likely the UFC will book a rematch between Usman and Jorge Masvidal. The pair met last July at UFC 251 with Usman winning a unanimous decision. Masvidal stepped up for that fight on less than a week’s notice.
“[Usman] was telling me that he doesn’t like the fact that Masvidal has an excuse,” White said. “So he said, ‘I want to make it so this guy has a great camp and then there’s no excuses.’”