Leon Edwards praises Kamaru Usman for Jorge Masvidal KO and sends warning to Conor McGregor before Nate Diaz test
Leon Edwards has dismissed Conor McGregor as a potential opponent and reaffirmed his desire to face Kamaru Usman once again.
‘Rocky’ returns to action at UFC 263 when he takes on Nate Diaz after a frustrating two-year period in the sport of MMA.
Although seemingly destined for a world title shot, Edwards was sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic and then irked further when he failed to get opponents to commit to fight, like Colby Covington.
When he finally did return against Belal Muhammad, it was cut short after an accidental eye poke and it left the Jamaican-born fighter in tears.
However, he has since secured a fight with perennial contender Diaz and is already eyeing up a rematch with Usman.
The ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ knocked out Jorge Masvidal in emphatic fashion at UFC 261 to retain his title and cement his reputation as the best welterweight on the planet.
Yet Edwards was not surprised by the result in Florida, only by the manner in which it came about.
“I couldn’t see what else Masvidal would bring to the table,” Edwards told talkSPORT.com. “From the way he fights and everything that he does, it’s pretty much predictable everything that he’s going to do. He does it every single fight.
“I saw that result coming, but I didn’t see Usman knocking him out to be fair. I saw Usman beating him up and getting the decision. But Usman has improved as well.
“I’m not going to stand here and lie and say he hasn’t improved. He’s improved with his striking and now he’s fallen in love with the striking and that probably was his downfall.
“But like I said, I’m focused on myself, focusing on getting the job done on June 12 and then I look forward to getting my title shot.”
Although Nate Diaz is as durable and stubborn as they come, the consensus is that Edwards has far too many skills in his arsenal to be troubled by the 36-year-old in Arizona.
Conor McGregor has outlined his plans to return to the 170lbs division after victories against Diaz and Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, yet the Brit has a simple warning for ‘The Notorious’.
“Yeah, I’d be too big for him,” he added. “I’m too well-rounded and too big for him. I don’t think that would be a good matchup for him.”