Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender Leon Edwards, currently ranked No. 3 at 170 pounds, is campaigning to stay on the promotion’s March 13 fight card after original opponent, Khamzat Chimaev, was struck down by COVID-19 and forced to withdraw.
Paging Nate Diaz ...
“Nate just dribbled for an hour about wanting to fight at 170 against winners... let’s see it then,” Edwards wrote on Twitter. “Eight fight win streak and No. 3 in the world. Let’s go if you still think you’re a real one.”
Diaz has yet to respond (and likely won’t).
Edwards (18-3) is also interested in bouts against Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington; however, it’s unlikely any of the aforementioned fighters would be willing to accept a high risk, low reward bout on short notice without financial incentive.
And a lowly “Fight Night” card is probably not worth the expense.
Hard to blame Edwards at this point, especially considering he only gets paid to fight and hasn’t competed in over a year. With Stephen Thompson hurt, the promotion will have some work to do in order to keep “Rocky” inside the cage.