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UFC London’s Leon Edwards inks new deal, eyes welterweight gold in 2020

UFC Fight Night: Dos Anjos v Edwards Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Everything is looking up for Leon Edwards. Not only has he locked down a potential No. 1 contender elimination bout against former Welterweight champion, Tyron Woodley, at UFC Fight Night 171 on March 21, 2020, on ESPN+ from inside O2 Arena in London, England, but he has a new deal in place. That’s according to a press release from his agency, Paradigm Sports Management (via MMA Fighting), which revealed that “Rocky” has inked a multi-fight deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) that will see him throw hands inside the Octagon for the foreseeable future.

With a new contract secured, Edwards is adamant he will capture UFC gold in 2020, and a win over “The Chosen One” is the perfect way to punch his ticket to the big dance.

“I am excited to re-sign with the world’s foremost MMA promotion,” Edwards said. “I have had an incredible run in the UFC thus far, and this contract secures my financial position as I make my run towards the welterweight title in 2020.”

Edwards (28) currently holds the second longest win streak in the 170-pound division with eight straight, while division king, Kamaru Usman, holds the top spot with 11 in a row. “Rocky’s” notable wins include Donald Cerrone, Rafael dos Anjos, Gunnar Nelson and Vicente Luque, bringing his UFC record to 10-2. A win over Woodley should be enough to earn him his first-ever world title fight, one Usman himself feels is long overdue.

For more on UFC Fight Night 171: “Woodley vs Edwards” click here.

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