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Leon Edwards calls for title shot after Usman-Covington negotiations hit a snag

Leon Edwards is ready to fight for the welterweight title next.

With Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington’s reportedly hitting a snag, the UFC reached out to Edwards for a potential title shot. However, he has not heard anything since.

“They phoned my management team and asked ‘what’s Leon doing, would he be ready for November?’ and I said I’d be ready whenever,” Edwards said to MMA Fighting. “I’ve not heard nothing back since that phone call so I’m just hoping. I know Dana [White] came out and said they have big plans for me so hopefully it’s a title shot.”

Whether or not he gets the title shot against Usman is unknown. But, if he does, he knows it would be an incredible story if he were to win the belt over Usman. Of course, the Englishman lost to him earlier in his career and believes the time is now to run it back.

“For me that would be perfect — him having the title and me taking it off him — that would be the fairytale story,” Edwards said. “To defeat the last man to defeat me for the title, I hope I get the chance to do that. My message [to Kamaru Usman] is let’s run it back. We fought years ago and let’s run it back so I can get the title off you.”

In the end, Leon Edwards believes he should be next in line for the title shot as he says he has paid his dues.

“I have paid my dues,” Edwards stated. “I’ve done everything they’ve asked me to do. I flew across the world to fight [Rafael dos Anjos], I flew across the world to fight “Cowboy” [Donald Cerrone]. I’ve fought back to back. I’m on an eight-fight win streak, second only to the current champion. I have more than paid my price to get a world title shot.”