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Published 03/11/2021, 10:31 AM EST
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica is interviewed after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Leon Edwards will fight Belal Muhammad this weekend in the main event of a UFC Fight Night event. Edwards is currently on an 8-fight winning streak in the welterweight division, which is the second-most, only behind champion Kamaru Usman. ‘Rocky’ is looking to book a shot at the UFC gold by having a statement win against Muhammad this weekend.

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The British welterweight has been inactive for a considerable amount of time now. He last fought Rafael dos Anjos in 2019. ‘Rocky’ was booked to fight Khamzat Chimaev on multiple occasions in the past few months. But all those attempts were unsuccessful due to health issues on both sides.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But Edwards is healthy and fit to go again. Muhammad fought Dhiego Lima at UFC 258 last month. He took the opportunity to fight Edwards on short notice and will certainly look to make the most of that. But ‘Rocky’ is a top of the food chain contender in the 170lbs division of the UFC. So, ‘Remember The Name’ will have his hands full.

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While speaking to BT Sport, UFC President Dana White was asked whether Edwards will get a title shot, given he puts on a show against Muhammad this weekend. To which the UFC President replied, “One hundred percent.” So, all Edwards needs to do now is to go out and perform to his full potential and put his whole arsenal of skills on display.

How does Leon Edwards match up against Belal Muhammad?

Edwards is a fighter with a complete skill set. He has great striking accompanied with respectable grappling. But Muhammad is a very good pressure fighter. He tends to stay in his opponent’s face all the time and make them deviate from their normal game.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica stands in his corner prior to facing Rafael Dos Anjos in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Also, the Octagon inactivity can be a factor for Edwards. Since the surge of COVID, the experience has been very different for the fighters. There are no fans in the arena. And the event this weekend will take place inside the smaller Octagons of UFC APEX. This can be a cause of concern for Edwards as he is not accustomed to fighting in smaller cages.

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How Edwards adjusts to those issues remains to be seen. But the stakes will be high for him as White has already revealed that ‘Rocky‘ might get a title shot next.

What did you make of Dana White’s comments? Let us know your thoughts.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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