‘You Gotta Give the Guy an Opportunity’- Joe Rogan Wants Leon Edwards to Run Things Back with Belal Muhammad

Published 03/24/2021, 11:44 PM EDT
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: Joe Rogan enters the octagon during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


UFC commentator Joe Rogan spoke to Leon Edwards on an episode of ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ following his recent fight. ‘Rocky’ is coming off a ‘No Contest’ against Belal Muhammad in his return match-up after nearly two years away. He was keen to earn a statement finish, however, an accidental eye poke ruined everyone’s night at the Apex Facility.

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The unsatisfying result made sure that Leon Edwards’ true return to contention would be delayed even further. He’s not been able to secure match-ups that will push him towards a title shot despite riding an 8-fight win streak. While Belal Muhammad accepting the fight was a welcome change, it wasn’t a fight Edwards was pining for.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 13: (L-R) Bulal Muhammad kicks Leon Edwards of Jamaica in a welterweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on March 13, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Leon Edwards was dominating the fight until it was stopped by referee Herb Dean, who could see Muhammad couldn’t continue. However, the Englishman had already cut up ‘Remember the Name’ and believed that he was on his way to winning.

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Joe Rogan pushes Leon Edwards to rematch Belal Muhammad

The long-time UFC broadcaster who has truly seen it all in MMA candidly spoke to Edwards and pushed the idea of a rematch. According to Rogan, the uncertainties of combat dictate that the fight ought to be run-back under the unified rules. However, Leon Edwards felt differently and was keen to move-on towards a higher-ranked opponent.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Joe Rogan is seen in the commentary booth during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Rogan said, “I understand your confidence, and this is not to demean that at all, but you gotta give the guy an opportunity. If the fight went the first round, if the eye poke didn’t happen, if the referee just stopped the fight. Everyone would have been ‘what are you doing?, well you know where this fight is going.”

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“Well, you don’t know where the fight is going cause fights are crazy. Weird sh*t happens. People slip, guy gets him in a choke….you get hit with a punch. Fights are crazy, you know that… As a fan of you [Leon] and as a fan of Belal, I don’t think it would be a bad thing to run back.”

There’s a certain validity to both men’s viewpoint, and the UFC may run it back if Edwards doesn’t get an opponent. However, Edwards will definitely prefer to face someone closer to the title picture who can help secure him a title shot. Looking at his extended lay-off, it’s easy to see why he wants to actualize his attempt at becoming a champion.

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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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