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Leon Edwards wants Jorge Masvidal but willing to entertain Tyron Woodley fight for ‘good money’

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UFC 204 Ceremonial Weigh-in Photos Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Leon Edwards has made it clear that he wants to face Jorge Masvidal next but that option may be slowly slipping away.

At UFC 241, Nate Diaz earned a unanimous decision win over Anthony Pettis and then immediately called Masvidal’s name as an opponent he would like to face next. Masvidal wasted no time responding with an emphatic yes while UFC president Dana White has said it’s a fight he’d be interested in making.

That may leave Edwards as the odd man out despite winning his past eight fights in a row including a unanimous decision victory over former interim title challenger Rafael dos Anjos in his most recent performance.

Prior to Diaz’s call out, Edwards was very vocal asking for the fight against Masvidal after the two got into a physical altercation following the UFC Fight Night card in London earlier this year.

“Obviously, I want the fight. Now it’s up to him and his fat manager,” Edwards told MMA Fighting prior to UFC 241. “I am willing to fight in November. I will co-main event [Kamaru] Usman-[Colby] Covington and whoever wins gets a title shot.

“Even though I feel I deserve a title shot right now, I will put my eight fight win streak against his two fight win streak just to prove my case that I’m the best fighter in the world plus I get to smack his head off so that’s just a win-win for me.”

Unfortunately with the growing interest in a fight between Diaz and Masvidal, Edwards may not get the matchup he wants.

Options may be somewhat limited in regards to potential opponents who would get Edwards closer to the title shot he covets but one fight that may be available is a showdown against former champion Tyron Woodley.

Woodley hasn’t fought since he lost the welterweight title to Kamaru Usman in March and a lingering thumb injury prevented him from returning in June for a scheduled rematch against former champion Robbie Lawler.

When asked about a possible fight against Woodley, Edwards was open to the idea under the right circumstances, although his interest wasn’t nearly as high as settling a grudge with Masvidal.

“If it’s guaranteed a title shot next then probably,” Edwards said when asked about potentially facing Woodley. “Like I said, I want that Masvidal fight. That’s the biggest fight to make. I feel like me and Woodley, we’ve got no animosity, there’s nothing there other than a chance to beat a former world champion.

“I feel Masvidal is the fight to make and that’s the one I’m pushing for. But if they come with Woodley with good money, I’ll do it as well. Pay me and I’ll show up.”

Despite one of the most impressive win streaks in the division, Edwards never shied away from any of the matchups he was offered by the UFC so it’s tough to imagine he’d turn down an opportunity to face a former champion like Woodley if the fight was offered to him.

For now, Edwards will continue to hold out hope that he can get the fight against Masvidal as he seeks to earn a title shot with his next win.