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Gilbert Burns explains why Leon Edwards has the best chance to beat Kamaru Usman

Gilbert Burn is no stranger to Kamaru Usman. But neither is the champion’s likely next challenger, Leon Edwards. Former teammates, Burns challenged Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight kingpin Usman in Feb. 2021. Performing well early on and even staggering Usman on the feet, Burns succumbed to a quick rally from “The Nigerian Nightmare” who earned a technical knockout victory in the third round (watch highlights).
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UFC hopeful for Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards 2 at UFC 278

In a perfect world, UFC 278 will see Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards run things back with Welterweight gold on the line. According to Ariel Helwani, the promotion hopes to book the rematch for UFC 278 on Aug. 20, 2022, in what is anticipated to be Salt Lake City, Utah. The location of the event has yet to be officially announced.
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Leon Edwards laughs off Chael Sonnen’s claims that Conor McGregor is being offered his welterweight title shot

Leon Edwards is expected to be next in line for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. However, former three-time UFC title challenger, Chael Sonnen is hearing otherwise. After expressing his interest in challenging Usman, Conor McGregor has “entered the chat,” as they say. That’s according to Sonnen’s sources,...
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Leon Edwards Calls ‘Fake News’ On Sonnen’s Usman/McGregor Claim

Leon Edwards has denied Chael Sonnen’s claims that he’s been offered money to let Conor McGregor fight Kamaru Usman next. With a 10-fight unbeaten streak, Edwards is expected to face the UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman later in 2022. UFC President Dana White has assured him that he’ll get the next title shot at 170 pounds.
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Leon Edwards reacts after Chael Sonnen suggests he’s been offered “his show and his win money” to step aside for Conor McGregor

Chael Sonnen says Leon Edwards has been offered his show and his win money to step aside for Conor McGregor to face Kamaru Usman. Edwards (19-3 MMA) is expected to challenge Kamaru Usman (20-1 MMA) in a rematch for the UFC welterweight title later this summer, likely in the July timeframe. The pair originally met back in December of 2015, where ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ earned a unanimous decision victory over ‘Rocky’.
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Chael Sonnen Claims He Was Told UFC Offered Leon Edwards Step-Aside Money For Usman vs. McGregor

Chael Sonnen says he’s been told that Leon Edwards was offered some incentive to make way for a UFC Welterweight Title fight between Kamaru Usman and Conor McGregor. Many believe that Edwards will be next in line for a shot at Usman’s 170-pound gold. It’s even been reported that the UFC has been targeting the title fight for July. As much as many MMA fans don’t want to hear it, some feel that McGregor’s return timeline could throw those plans out the window.
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Belal Muhammad Says Leon Edwards Doesn’t Deserve Title Shot: ‘He Has That Dana White Privilege’

Belal Muhammad believes that Leon Edwards, of all people, has been given privileges by UFC President Dana White. Muhammad is fresh off a unanimous decision victory over Vicente Luque this past Saturday night (April 16) at UFC Vegas 51. With the win, Muhammad will now find himself in the top five UFC welterweight rankings. While it is quite an achievement for Belal, he isn’t about to rest on his laurels.
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Sterling: Leon Edwards Winning A UFC Title Would Be Huge For Jamaica

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling says that Leon Edwards winning a UFC title would be huge for Jamaica. Sterling became the first Jamaican to win a UFC belt with his title win over Petr Yan back at UFC 259. He has since defended his belt to claim his status as the undisputed champion having gone through months of scrutiny regarding his legitimacy as the title holder.
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Belal Muhammad: Leon Edwards Has Dana White Privilege

UFC welterweight contender Belal Muhammad feels he should get more credit for a title shot than former adversary Leon Edwards. Muhammad outstruck Vicente Luque towards a unanimous decision in the UFC Vegas 51 headliner. He’s now won three in a row after wins over former title challengers Stephen Thompson and Demian Maia and before that a no-contest against Edwards.
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Khamzat Chimaev jumps to No. 3 in UFC 273 rankings update — behind Leon Edwards

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently updated its “official” rankings in the wake of the UFC 273 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Sat. night (April 9) in Jacksonville, Fla., and undefeated welterweight bruiser Khamzat Chimaev is now a legitimate contender at 170 pounds after defeating Gilbert Burns, who was previously ranked No. 2 in the division.
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Heck of an Afternoon: Will Khamzat Chimaev leapfrog Leon Edwards to title fight with UFC 273 win?

It’s officially UFC 273 fight week, and all eyes seem to be on Khamzat Chimaev. On Tuesday’s special episode of Heck of an Afternoon, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck fields calls about whether or not an impressive win over Gilbert Burns at Saturday’s pay-per-view event in Jacksonville, Fla., will lead to Chimaev jumping over Leon Edwards into a title fight with Kamaru Usman, a reaction to the top-three fights on the card featuring heavy betting favorites, if Darian Weeks could upset surging prospect Ian Garry, what the bantamweight division will look like after the Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan championship rematch, if Conor McGregor is being disrespected by fans and media, and more.
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