Leon Edwards says he has been offered a fight with former welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley.
Yet, it was not the fight he wanted. Instead, he wanted to be the backup fighter to Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz and Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington, but the UFC declined both those options.
“When the fight got made, when Diaz vs. Masvidal [was made], I offered the UFC that I would stay ready just in case anything like this happened,” Edwards told SevereMMA.com.
“[UFC] said that, ‘No, it should be fine, you don’t need to.’ I kind of put all my focus into December, so I asked them again in case someone from Colby or Usman fell out, but they said no again this week. So, I’m aiming towards early next year probably. Woodley would be a good fight. Let’s just see how these next two fights pan out – Masvidal and Diaz, Usman and Colby – let’s see how they play out and then I want the number one spot, if not the title shot.”
Leon Edwards says it is up to Tyron Woodley if the fight happens as he has already accepted the fight. He also revealed it would be the co-main event on Jan. 18, the same event that Conor McGregor said he will return as the main event.
“If they give me Woodley, the talk is that it would be in America. They said to me this week that they offered Tyron Woodley the fight for January…the same date as Conor…the same card as Conor in January. They offered us that fight for the co-main, I said, ‘Yeah,’ and whatever, so [we’ll wait and see],” said Edwards.
Tyron Woodley has not fought since UFC 235 when he lost his welterweight title to Kamaru Usman. He has spoken openly about wanting to a rematch, so whether or not he accepted is to be seen.