Edwards Denied Top 10 Opponent At UFC London
Following his UFC Fight Night 115 victory in Rotterdam over Bryan Barberena, Leon Edwards called for a top 10 opponent.
Edwards is scheduled for the UFC Fight Night 127 card in London on March 17th, but not against a top ten opponent. Instead it will be against the German grappler, Peter Sobotta.
Although he underlined his respect for his opponent, Edwards claimed that he expected to face a ranked opponent in the English capital given his current four-fight win streak.
“I’m on a four-fight win streak. I’ve beaten really tough guys along the way, so yeah, I thought it might be a bigger name. But make no mistake about it I’m still getting prepared for the toughest test of my career.”
“I’m going to London and I’m going to put this guy away. After that they can’t deny me a ranked opponent.”
Edwards feels it would be impossible to deny him a top-flight opponent with a win on March 17th.
“I told the UFC I wanted a top 10 opponent, but they were all either matched up already or injured. Peter Sobotta was the only fighter that was willing to accept the fight, so I said ‘let’s do it’. After London it will be a five-fight win streak. I think you’ve got to give me a big name at that stage,” he said.
Edwards wants to follow in the similar direction that fellow Brit, Darren Till did and get a fight with “Cowboy” Cerrone. Edwards believes that if he gets a chance to make an impression against a well-known opponent he would pass with flying colors.
“I called for that Cerrone fight and they gave it to Till. I really think that I would’ve done the same thing to Cerrone. It is what it is,” he explained.
“For me, I think I can gain that recognition if I got a win like that over another big name. I think I’m capable of it. When fans see me to take a big win over a high ranked opponent that’s the type of thing that leads to worldwide exposure.”
“All it takes is for one guy to step up and take the fight.”