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UFC welterweight champ Leon Edwards eyes move to 185 in pursuit of two-division glory by the ‘end of next year’

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UFC welterweight champ Leon Edwards eyes move to 185 in pursuit of two-division glory by the ‘end of next year’



Leon Edwards is planning to add more UFC gold medals to his collection.

After landing “the kick heard ’round the world” at UFC 278, ‘Rocky’ has successfully defended his welterweight world title twice, securing unanimous decision wins against former champion Kamaru Usman and three-time title challenger Colby Covington. On Saturday, July 27, he’ll step inside the Octagon for defense number three when he meets the division’s No. 1 ranked contender, Belal Muhammad, at UFC 304 in Manchester.

Leon Edwards vs. Belal

Though Edwards is not the kind of fighter to look past any of his opponents — even as a 2-to-1 favorite — that doesn’t mean the UK fan favorite isn’t already making some big plans for his future.

During a recent interview with Sky Sports, ‘Rocky’ revealed plans to move up to middleweight in hopes of obtaining the ever-elusive champ-champ status.

“My excitement is me getting another belt,” Edwards said. “My plan was to go next year. Two belt defenses this year will make four. Perhaps one more [defense] next year, that’s five defenses. Later in the year you can have a major middleweight bout. That’s six title fights… That is my goal. Two [defenses] Then, at the end next year, you can move…



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