White: Leon Edwards โ€˜100 percentโ€™ next for UFC welterweight title shot

    The drought is over.

    UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards is โ€œ100 percentโ€ next in line for a shot at the 170-pound title, currently held by Kamaru Usman. Thatโ€™s according to UFC President Dana White, who told TSN Sports that โ€œRockyโ€ was (finally) getting his due.

    Edwards (19-3, 1 NC) and Usman (20-1) met once before, with the โ€œNigerian Nightmareโ€ taking a unanimous decision victory at UFC on FOX 17 more than six years back. That was the last time Edwards, now 30, tasted defeat inside the Octagon.

    As for Usman, heโ€™s a perfect 15-0 under the UFC banner and 6-0 in welterweight title fights. The former TUF 21 champ was able to end his rivalries with both Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal, going up 2-0 in separate title fights.

    No date or location has been revealed for the Usman vs. Edwards title fight and nothing should be considered โ€œofficialโ€ until contracts are signed. That said, โ€œRockyโ€ is the next available contender in the 170-pound rankings and would probably only lose his spot due to injury.

    Expect Vicente Luque, Belal Muhammad, and Khamzat Chimaev to be ready on standby.

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