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Leon Edwards: Kamaru Usman win at UFC 245 is ‘best scenario’ for my title hopes

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Leon Edwards believes his eight-fight win streak is enough to justify getting the next shot at the UFC title following UFC 245’s title bout between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington.

Speaking on MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast on the week of the fight, Edwards underlined his belief that Kamaru Usman has the edge between the rivals.

“The way I look at is: they’re both the same kind of stylistic fighters,” Edwards told Eurobash. “They’re both wrestlers that are learning how to strike, and that’s it really. I look at them both like they’re the same fighter.

“I probably give the strength and one-shot power to Usman, but I don’t know. I’d probably put my money on Usman to win.”

Edwards isn’t fussy about which fighter he’d meet for the belt, but insists fighting Usman — the last person to defeat him in the Octagon — would be an ideal scenario.

“Like I said, I’ll fight any of them,” he said. “I’d probably prefer it to be Usman so I could go out there and beat him for the world title, get my revenge and the win. That would probably be the best scenario, but I couldn’t give a shit if Colby wins. I don’t like him either.”

With talks of a meeting between Edwards and former champion Wooldey intensifying, Edwards revealed that he is meeting with the UFC this week to discuss his next move.

“I’m meeting with the UFC this week to see what’s going to happen next, but I’ll be in front of the cameras too, letting everyone know where I stand and what I want. I will be visible this week, and I’ll be pushing for that title fight or a No. 1 contender fight. I’m willing to go, and I will be a world champion next year.”

Leon Edwards’ interview on the latest episode of Eurobash begins at 20:00.