Leon Edwards Responds To Islam Makhachev’s Suggestion For The Pair To Meet In The Octagon

Following another successful defense of his lightweight title at UFC 302 this past weekend, Islam Makhachev expressed that he is interested in an attempt at the welterweight belt as well, and the 170-pound division’s champion Leon Edwards has responded.

Makhachev finished Dustin Poirier in the 5th round of their main event on Saturday with a constricting D’arce choke. The champion is now on a 14-fight win streak, and has defended his title 3 times since earning it in 2022 with his defeat of Charles Oliveira.

Meanwhile, Edwards finds himself on a 12 fight win streak, and has defended his belt twice, with his most recent victory coming by way of a unanimous decision over Colby Covington.

During a recent interview with Sky Sports, Edwards recently responded to Makhachev’s interest in fighting for the welterweight title.

“I’d welcome it. I think we both have work to do within our divisions,” Edwards said of a clash with Makhachev. “He just fought his first lightweight, actual lightweight, first defense. I feel like he’s got a few more lightweights he’s gotta go through first, before even thinking about moving up…

While he does seem intrigued by the opportunity to square off with the lightweight titleholder, Edwards does seem apprehensive to jump to this ‘superfight’ so soon, as he feels he has much to do at 170.

“It’s a massive fight. I feel like I’ve got work to do within my division first, then the super fights will come.”

Currently, Edwards is focused on his upcoming bout this July, a rematch versus Belal Muhammad at UFC 304. Int heir first meeting, back in 2021, Muhammad suffered an eye poke and the fight was ruled a no contest.

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