Leon Edwards Aims For Title Defense At UFC 300, Also Eyes A UK Summer Fight

Leon Edwards intends to defend his UFC welterweight title at UFC 300 before having a summer fight in the UK.

Edwards successfully defended his title for the second time after beating Colby Covington via a unanimous decision at UFC 296. That was his 12th win in a row, putting an end to a hostile build-up. During the pre-fight presser, Covington mentioned Edwards’ later father, who had been murdered.

The champion responded by throwing a water bottle, as the pressure was on to deliver come fight night. Edwards’ win has now set up some potential big fights next year. He attended the Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Burnley last weekend. He made a half-time appearance to outline his next steps.

“I will defend my belt in April at UFC 300 in Vegas again, then hopefully in the summertime get a show back in Birmingham at Villa Park. I’m in talks with the UFC, so hopefully we can get it done,” Edwards said

The current UFC 300 card has several big names. Jiri Prochazka vs Aleksandar Rakic and Aljamain Sterling vs Calvin Kattar have been announced. Edwards will most likely face Belal Muhammad. Their only fight was a no-contest at UFC Fight Night 187. An accidental poke to Muhammad’s eye meant he could no longer continue. Muhammad has had to bide his time for a title shot. Edwards rematched Kamaru Usman, then faced Covington, which has now left the door open for a Muhammad bout. The news has gotten MMA fans talking. 

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