Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev meet within the octagon on December 19 and it’s considered one of this yr’s most intriguing contests.
Edwards is at the moment on an eight-fight successful streak and within the eyes of many ought to have had a welterweight title shot by now.
Chimaev has made a blistering begin to his UFC profession with three wins within the area of 66 days, the quickest set of victories in UFC historical past.
The Russian-born Swede scored finishes in all of his wins and two of these got here within the first spherical. He has an general report of 9-Zero and none of these fights have gone the gap.
The hype for Chimaev is actual and Dana White has totally purchased in. Given his electrical begin to life in UFC, the 26-year-old has discovered opponents exhausting to come back by – however Edwards is just not scared.
Edwards was set for an enormous 2020 by going through Tyron Woodley at UFC London in March.
After all, the coronavirus pandemic put paid to that, however he thinks that is one of the best struggle he may get to rebound.
“Outdoors a title shot, I consider he’s the most important struggle,” Edwards advised MMA Preventing on Wednesday. “Clearly, [Jorge] Masvidal would have been good as effectively, however he turned the struggle down. That is the most important struggle to ensure me what’s subsequent.
“That was my considering going into this. The UFC loves him. Dana [White] loves him. All of them assume he can’t be beat.
“After I go on the market and take him out, I can’t see what they will say subsequent to provide me my title shot. I’d be on a nine-fight win streak. I consider this was the struggle to make and now right here we’re.”
Edwards is correct; White does love Chimaev. Ever since his two wins at Combat Island inside ten days, the UFC president has been lavishing reward on the recent prospect.
“The man is particular,” White mentioned about Chimaev in September. “I’ve been on this recreation my complete life, I’ve by no means seen something like him. I’m telling you the man is like nothing I’ve ever seen earlier than. By no means seen something like this in my life. Particular.”
White has steered Chimaev can turn into the UFC’s subsequent huge famous person, however Edwards is aware of he will be beat and whereas UFC wouldn’t thank him for it, he’d then be in an simple place.
“I do know the UFC’s in all probability banking, Dana anyway, I do know he’s praying that this child wins, however I’ll be means an excessive amount of for him in there, I’m telling you,” Edwards added.
“They’ve achieved this earlier than with different fighters. They’d get one, two good wins of their profession and the UFC type of pushed them straight to the highest, after which they get beat.
“Like in boxing, when you’re prospect, they type of construct you slowly, make you study the methods of the commerce and undergo adversity. They’ve achieved it to many different fighters you possibly can title. It’s not labored out.”
Johnny Walker at light-heavyweight is an instance of what Edwards is speaking about. They blitz their well beyond a couple of opponents and get all of the hype, however then a ranked fighter pops up and offers them a dose of actuality.
Might this occur with Chimaev too?