UFC welterweight contender, Leon Edwards had to dust off his map when he learned the location of his next challenge. for the title at UFC 278. Af
UFC welterweight contender, Leon Edwards had to dust off his map when he learned the location of his next challenge. for the title at UFC 278.
After a long wait and many calls, Edwards, number 2 in the ranking, will have his first championship opportunity inside the octagon on August 20. Since a loss to Kamaru Usman in 2015, the Englishman has been unbeaten in 10 outings, a spell that has included wins against Vicente Luque, Rafael dos Anjos and Nate Diaz.
The fight was announced during the broadcast of UFC 275 last Saturday, and with it event and location confirmedthe latter that perhaps took many by surprise.
Although many were surprised to see the UFC announce a pay-per-view for the state, especially headlined by the welterweight king, Edwards’ reaction was more of confusion than anything elseas he explained during an appearance on The MMA Hour.
«I have no idea where Utah is!” Edwards admitted, with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Where the hell is that? I have no idea where he is. I told them: ‘Where the hell is Utah? And they told me: ‘In the United States’. She wanted to do it in Vegas. She told everyone that when I was walking down the street in Birmingham, everywhere they were saying, ‘When is the fight? When is the fight?’ And I say: “It will be in Las Vegas”, and I tell everyone that it will be in Las Vegas. Now it’s in Utah, and I said to myself: ‘Dude…’».
There had been talk of the possibility that the UFC will build on the momentum of the UFC London earlier this year to take a PPV poster to the other side of the Atlantic. Edwards confirmed that talks had been held on the matter, but explained that the late schedule of the event that would have been necessary was not a possibility at The O2.
“That was also mentioned to me. They told me they were trying to change The O2 (UFC London on July 23) to a pay-per-view,” Edwards confirmed. “But to do that, you need to have it like four in the morning… They couldn’t change The O2 at that time. So yeah, here we are.”