Former champion Robert Whittaker raves about Leon Edwards potential in the highly anticipated welterweight bout
“I think both Belal Muhammad and Covington deserve the chance,” Whittaker said. “I think they both deserve it. It’s just a matter of who gets it first. And at the end of the day, we are one company. OK? And if I’m Leon Edwards, I want who gets the most pay-per-view purchases on my card. And this is Covington.”
“Okay, both guys deserve the chance. Both guys deserve the chance. I think the one that sells the most. Who can make society and Leon think he should jump for this fight? I know he hesitates, which is stupid. But I see the hard struggle. I think Covington is giving him a tough fight.”
Muhammad, who ranks fourth at welterweight, has strongly opposed the idea of Covington getting the next title shot. The situation between the two fighters has escalated due to Covington’s threats to UFC commentator Jon Anik.
Another possibility for Edward’s next opponent is the winner of the upcoming UFC 287 fight between Gilbert Burns and Jorge Masvidal. A potential matchup between Leon and Masvidal is particularly intriguing given their history from a promotional perspective.
Whittaker is likely to follow UFC 287 closely, which will feature a middleweight title rematch between Alex Pereira and Israel Adesanya. In the past, Whittaker lost the middleweight belt to Adesanya in 2019 and was also defeated in their rematch last year. Despite this, Pereira was able to capture the title from Adesanya with a fifth-round TKO during UFC 281.
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