“Get Me on the Top Rope” – UFC Welterweight Champion Leon Edwards Expresses Interest to Fight in the WWE After the Endeavour Deal

Published 04/19/2023, 10:59 AM EDT

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The world of sports entertainment just witnessed a major turning event in the industry’s history: The merger of Vince McMahon‘s World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to create a new publicly traded corporation under the ownership of Endeavour Group.

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This merger opens a door to endless opportunities for both UFC fighters and WWE wrestlers. As soon as the merger was announced, MMA fans started speculating about seeing their favorite fighters in WWE. One UFC star, in particular, has shown keen interest to fight in the squared ring of WWE.

Leon Edwards aspires to fight in the WWE

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Leon Edwards has been one of the top stars of UFC lately. The Jamaican-born fighter won the UFC welterweight champion by knocking Kamaru Usman out at UFC 278. Edwards currently sits on a 12-fight unbeaten streak, making him a force to be reckoned with in the octagon.

However, the UFC octagon is not the only place ‘Rocky’ wants to rule. Talking to Newsbeat, Leon Edwards talked about fighting in WWE. Edwards has been a big fan of WWE and was there at WWE’s Clash Of The Castle PPV last year in Cardiff. He also met WWE star Roman Reigns last year. “Get me on the top rope, I’ll give it a go for sure. I actually went to the event last year in Cardiff, Clash at the Castle.”

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According to Edwards, WWE and UFC are kind of similar sports, and the fan base also isn’t much different. “I took my son, it’s quite similar and the fans are really similar”, said Edwards. It is worth noting that UFC is a real combat sports competition featuring MMA fighters and WWE is a scripted entertainment show with professional wrestlers performing choreographed moves and storylines. But Edwards is probably alluding to the two companies selling fights and having a raucous fanbase that loves entertaining matchups.

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The merger of UFC and WWE, which formed a global live sports and entertainment organization, was announced by Endeavour Group Holdings on April 3. The news came in just a day after WWE’s flagship Wrestlemania event. Reports state that Endeavour owns 51% of the newly combined business.

Shareholders in WWE make up the remaining 49%. WWE was valued at about $9.3 billion and the UFC at about $12.1 billion after the merger. There will be 11 members on the newly created company’s board. Endeavour will appoint six of them, while WWE will appoint five. The newly combined company’s name hasn’t yet been made public.

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Now that WWE and UFC are being operated under one ownership, fans can expect to see stars like Leon Edwards making a surprising appearance in WWE. Which UFC star do you want to see in the WWE ring? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sushant Sharma

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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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