Slowly but steadily, Leon Edwards is getting the respect and attention he always deserved. The welterweight contender has time and again proved his credibility inside the Octagon, and his five-round war against Nate Diaz back at UFC 263 was no different.
The British fighter dominated the Stockton Slugger and barring the late adversity that saw him get on wobbly feet after Diaz connected a straight one-two combination in the closing moments of the fifth round, it won’t be wrong to say that Edwards dominated that fight in a manner that speaks volumes about his skill set.
Recently, in a conversation with Anything Goes With James English, the welterweight contender revealed his mother’s reaction after he got caught in the closing moments of the fifth round that left him on wobbly feet.
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“Yeah, she’s Jamaican. She’s watching it when I got rocked by Diaz, when I came back, I was like, ‘Mum, what did you do?’ She’s like, ‘I opened the window and started screaming, help!.'”
Watch the complete interview here:
Leon Edwards could possibly fight the winner of Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington 2
Needless to say, in what was an extremely joyful moment for Edwards, who looked back at it with tears of laughter in his eyes. Edwards won the fight via unanimous decision to mark his 9th straight win inside the UFC Octagon.
With the victory, it looks certain that he is next for the title belt, however, many feel that after the late adversity in the fifth round, Edwards might have to pick up another win before he can stake his claim at the welterweight gold.
Leon Edwards has looked incredible despite almost 15 months away from the Octagon and looked impressive in his fights against Belal Muhammad and Nate Diaz. He will look to fight the winner of Kamaru Usman vs Colby Covington set to go down later this year.
While Leon Edwards has never shared the Octagon with Colby Covington, he has met the current welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, early in his career and it won’t be wrong to say that he put up one of the most competitive fights against the Nigerian Nightmare. The future looks bright for the British fighter, and only time will tell if he will get to fight or the title this year.