- Leon Edwards plans to become a two-division champion in the UFC by moving to the middleweight division after defending his welterweight title.
- He is interested in potentially fighting either Sean Strickland or Dricus du Plessis for the middleweight title.
- UFC 296 promises a stacked card, with Edwards vs. Covington as the main event and several other exciting matchups.
Leon Edwards is eyeing a significant career move within the UFC, aiming to become a two-division champion. Following a successful defense of his welterweight title in a rematch against Kamaru Usman at UFC 296, Edwards is set to face Colby Covington in December for his second title defense.
However, the British fighter has plans to move on from the welterweight division. Expressing a desire for new challenges, Edwards is contemplating a move to the middleweight division. The upcoming Sean Strickland vs. Dricus du Plessis middleweight title fight at UFC 297 has captured Edwards’ interest as a potential next step in his quest for a second championship in a different weight class.
Leon Edwards Says Middleweight Is Perfect For Him
Edwards Wants To Become The First Double Champ From The UK
In an interview with Sky Sports, Edwards was asked about a prospective move to the middleweight division, to which he responded: “100 percent, definitely,” Edwards responded. “I feel especially with someone like Strickland, and I think he’s fighting Du Plessis soon, so either of them two would be great to fight.” When asked how he would match up with middleweights, the British champion is confident that he has the size. “I’m big myself. I feel like that would be perfect. I feel like me going out and being double-champ, first ever from the UK to do it. That’s definitely one of my goals. That’s on the cards for sure.”
Rocky Edwards said he would be willing to move up following the Covington fight, and claimed that the division lacked excitement following his friend Israel Adesanya announcing an extended break. Strickland shocked the world by defeating Adesanya at UFC 293. Adesanya was coming off a knockout victory over Alex Perriera who finished Strickland in just one round.
UFC 296 Trailer For Edwards Vs. Covington Hypes The Event
UFC Deliver A Stacked Card For December
UFC 296 is set to be headlined by the welterweight title clash at 170 pounds, featuring the reigning champion Edwards against the two-time division title contender, Covington. In the co-main event, Alexandre Pantoja will defend his flyweight title in a rematch against rival, Brandon Royval. Additionally, UFC 296 will showcase a 170-pound bout between former title challenger Stephen Thompson and the undefeated welterweight sensation Shavkat Rakhmonov.
Other notable matchups on the card include the return of former interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson looking to return to winning ways against the popular Paddy Pimblett, while Vicente Luque aims to halt the welterweight ascent of Ian Garry.