“This is Bigger Than Sports”- Leon Edwards Pens a Message After London Withdrawal

Published 03/16/2020, 10:59 AM EDT


Leon Edwards’ fight with Tyron Woodley is off after the U.S. travel restrictions were extended to the United Kingdom.

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The card originally meant for London 02 arena in front of a live audience is currently without a location, venue or expected number of fights.

The London event for Edwards could have been a chance to take a shot at current welterweight titleholder Kamaru Usman.

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Given that he gets past Tyron Woodley.

But now that Leon Edwards has withdrawn from the event, the shot to glory seems farther than ever.

The British Welterweight current win tally stands at eight in a row closing in on Kamaru Usman’s record of 10 consecutive victories.

The UFC is currently planning to relocate the London event in the US if everything goes on as planned.

Dana White, the company’s president, is persistent with the schedule despite the shambles it may found itself in.

“We’re working on finding a new venue, likely in the United States,” White says on relocating London event.

“I have my matchmakers working right now to put together the undercard.”

“The bottom line is that the fight is happening, and the main event will go on.”

Edwards, currently ranked No. 4 in the UFC welterweight division, feels the timing was such that they had to withdraw from it.

The Jamaican-born Birmingham fighter writes about the event being called off on Instagram:

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Last night I went to sleep still with some hope that UFC London would continue next week.  I woke up this morning to the news that it won't be.  We have been working with the UFC on possible solutions to keep the fight alive, but unfortunately with such a short window of time, nothing was viable.  Myself and my team are all fathers, husbands, sons and brothers, and not all of us can leave our families right now.  I wish we could have found a way for the fans, I truly do. I have been dreaming of headlining a UFC show in my home country since I started this sport.  This cancellation is truly heartbreaking.  I have never worked harder and never been more prepared for the biggest moment in my career.  But I know that the whole world is hurting right now and this is bigger than me, this is bigger than sports.  All I can hope for is  that all of you stay safe and look after each other as we get past this and move forward. I am humbled by the thousands of messages of support I have received in the hours since the announcement, I truly appreciate you all and feel a lot of love right now.  I look forward to this event being rebooked when it is safe to do so, so Tyron and I can put on the show that you all deserve. Please take care, we will all get through is. Rocky

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“We have been working with the UFC on possible solutions to keep the fight alive.”

“But unfortunately with such a short window of time, nothing was viable.”

“Myself and my team are all fathers, husbands, sons and brothers, and not all of us can leave our families right now.”

“I wish we could have found a way for the fans, I truly do. I have been dreaming of headlining a UFC show in my home country since I started this sport. This cancellation is truly heartbreaking.”

He further writes about how the virus has disrupted the sporting calendar and hopes to get booked again for this fight.

“I have never worked harder and never been more prepared for the biggest moment in my career,” Edwards wrote.

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“But I know the whole world is hurting right now and this is bigger than me, this is bigger than sports.”

“I look forward to this event being rebooked when it is safe to do so, so Tyron and I can put on the show that you all deserve.”

The “Rocky” currently stands at 18-3-0 in his MMA career.

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He last set foot in the octagon against Rafael dos Anjos where he defeated the Brazilian by unanimous decision.

The win saw him break into the Top 5 welterweight and his push his divisional streak win to eight.

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