Dana White confirms Leon Edwards’ next title fight despite UFC welterweight champion saying 'it doesn't make sense'
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Dana White has appeared to confirm Leon Edwards' next title fight, although the UFC welterweight champion claims the potential match-up "doesn't make sense".
Edwards defended his crown at the O2 Arena, London on Saturday night in what was an entertaining UFC 268 main event.
The British fighter was awarded the victory on points, with judges scoring the bout 48-46, 48-46 and 47-47 in favour of 'Rocky', who landed a number of cracking leg kicks and knee shots to put his rivalry with Kamaru Usman to bed.
After the fight, a fired up Edwards was asked about Colby Covington's surprise appearance at cage-side by the guys at BT Sport, and it clearly irked the welterweight champ.
"I don't know why they brought him here. He hasn't fought for a year and a half. It doesn't make sense to me. I'd love to get Masvidal back. If he gets through Gilbert Burns that, that'll be the biggest fight to make." - @Leon_edwardsmma 🏆#UFC286 pic.twitter.com/X1ogjTRlh5— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) March 19, 2023
He said: "I don't know how Colby makes sense. He hasn't fought for more than a year and half. There are other active guys in the division. I'm the king now, I've earned my way and should decide who is next.
"Pay-per-view wise if Jorge Masvidal beats Gilbert Burns, that's the fight to make. I had to fight 12 times for a title shot and he said he didn't know who I was.
"I'm the king, I'll decide who is next. Masvidal, I don't like him so that's the one I want. I think it would be an easy fight for me, he's a weirdo."
Edwards clearly isn't keen on a title fight with Covington but Dana White certainly is.
In fact, the UFC president was asked whether he was open to the idea of Covington getting a next title shot in his post-event press conference and he made his feelings clear.
"Yeah that's the fight that makes sense," he said. "Colby Covington came here, cut weight and was ready... he deserves the fight."
White was then asked again if Covington was being lined-up for Edwards and he once again confirmed by saying, "Yeah".
The UFC president also reflected on the entertaining title fight between Edwards and Usman at UFC 286.
"It was a tough fight to score," he said. "I was literally standing there and not knowing what was gonna happen.
"I expected more wrestling out of Usman. When he did try, Leon did a great job. Especially when you compare it to the first fight."
As you can see from the above tweet, Covington also declared that he will see Edwards "in July", a statement that got fans talking online.
One said: "How? He already loss to Usman who lost to Leon twice," while another commented: "Is it too much to ask Colby Covington to beat a single person in the current UFC top-10 before we keep handing him title shots for losing two close fights to the ex-champ?"
A third added: I did like how Leon Edwards dismissed Colby Covington and didn’t allow him to get any type extra camera time… see how they slick tried to create a fight."
Do you think Leon Edwards vs Colby Covington makes sense? Or would you rather see another match-up?
Let us know in the comments. All we know is, Leon Edwards looks almost unbeatable at present.