Daniel Cormier Wants UFC to Treat Leon Edwards as a ‘Human Being’ and Give Him a Match-Up

Published 01/04/2021, 7:10 AM EST
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Daniel Cormier is interviewed after his TKO loss to Stipe Miocic in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Daniel Cormier spoke to SCMP’s MMA team and touched on everything related to fighting in the current sphere. The former Olympian is more dialed in than ever when it comes to the UFC, given his commentating responsibilities. Furthermore, he’s always had an analytical mind for the fight game that is often unparalleled by his contemporaries.

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Chiefly, Cormier was asked about UFC welterweight Leon Edwards and where he stands in the grand scheme of things. ‘Rocky’ easily picks up the cheque as the unluckiest fighter of 2020 as he simply couldn’t get himself into the cage.

He was set to face Khamzat Chimaev in the main event on January 20, 2021, in what was their second booking. Unfortunately, ‘Borz’ Chimaev withdrew from the contest after suffering the effects of being COVID-19 positive.

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Daniel Cormier looks ahead at what’s next for Leon Edwards

‘Rocky’ Edwards hasn’t just had his recent fight canceled, it seemingly was a trend throughout 2020. Additionally, his other main event booking against Tyron Woodley from early 2020 was the first fight card scrapped due to COVID-19.

Daniel Cormier was perplexed as to the next viable step that Leon Edwards should take moving forward. He first went into the situation surrounding Edwards’s recent cancelation.

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)

‘DC’ said, “I don’t know, a lot of guys are matched up, even on that same night. Think you have Chiesa vs Neil Magny, that takes away two opponents that he could have fought. I don’t know what you do with Leon Edwards now. You would hope that the guy, just as a human being, can get a match-up.”

Leon Edwards vs Tyron Woodley: The fall-out

Additionally, Daniel Cormier also touched upon the Edwards vs Woodley bout that would have been a great opportunity for ‘Rocky’. It seems like the overwhelming sentiment surrounding ‘Rocky’ is genuine sympathy for his unfortunate circumstances.

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“It’s weird when you think of Leon Edwards, when he was gonna fight Tyron Woodley in England, they were there. They were on the ground ready to compete and the pandemic hits. It’s like ‘okay, the fights canceled, everyone’s going home’.”

“You kinda feel bad for the guy in that sense. So you would hope that they find the match-up for him and if I know the UFC they’re doing everything in their power to try and make that happen for him.”

Leon Edwards will be keen to charter a more straightforward course in 2021, despite the year getting off to a rough start. If he can secure a match with Jorge Masvidal sometime this year, he’ll certainly see an elevation in his profile. Not to mention, the paycheck that comes in the mail after fighting Masvidal is certainly an enticing factor.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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