‘Shoot For His Life’- Leon Edwards Predicts Belal Muhammad’s Gameplan For Their Fight

Published 03/11/2021, 10:27 AM EST
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)


Leon Edwards will be returning to the UFC Octagon after over 600 days this weekend, if everything goes to plan. Edwards was supposed to fight last March against Tyron Woodley, but that was the first card that fell casualty to COVID. He was stuck due to travel restrictions and was pushed into a fight with low-ranked Khamzat Chimaev, which has been cancelled thrice since.

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Belal Muhammad stepped up after the latest cancellation and will face Edwards on short notice this weekend. While this is also a rankings mismatch, many are giving Muhammad an outside chance on upsetting Leon, who is on an eight-fight win streak. However, Edwards isn’t too worried about Belal and his gameplan, heading into the bout.

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“He’s decent everywhere the fight goes. He’s a good striker, he’s a good wrestler, and doesn’t believe that I’m better over the board. Wrestling, jiu-jitsu, striking. I think his gameplan is going to be ‘shoot for his life’. Double legs for his life and that’s it. But at this level, I’ve faced many opponents like that already.”

Edwards reiterated, “He’s going to shoot for his life and hoping to grind out a victory but I’m going fucking take his head off. I can’t wait for it.”

Leon Edwards: Is a title shot next if he wins?

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 17: Leon Edwards of Jamaica rests in his corner after defeating Peter Sobotta of Poland by TKO in their welterweight bout inside The O2 Arena on March 17, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Leon Edwards is on the cusp of a title shot. The other top contenders in the Welterweight divisions are currently coming off losses. Jorge Masvidal last lost to Kamaru Usman. Usman has also beaten Gilbert Burns and Colby Covington in his last few fights. If that wasn’t impressive enough, Usman is also the man to hand Edwards his last defeat.

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Edwards will need to dominate Muhammad to make his title shot a sure thing. He doesn’t have the same name value as Colby or Masvidal, so he needs to make his case iron-clad based on his work in the Octagon.

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Muhammad does prefer to wrestle, and Edwards is one of the best wrestlers in the division. However, Edwards also has one of the fastest knockouts in UFC history. This will be a fun fight, but Edwards does look to have the edge on paper.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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