Leon Edwards responded to the news that he was being removed from the UFC rankings due to his inactivity.
Word spread Thursday that the British welterweight on an eight-game winning streak is out of the top 15 because he hasn’t competed since July 2019. Edwards was originally scheduled to compete in March in a main fight against the former champion Tyron Woodley, but the match was scrapped with the entire card due to the coronavirus pandemic.
While Edwards turned down a short-notice title fight opportunity against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman – the last fighter to secure a victory over him – in July, he largely waited for a higher-ranking opponent before moving on. make a comeback.
Sadly, nothing came together and Edwards went on a rampage after his No.3 ranking was allegedly taken away by the UFC.
“I’m still in the standings,” said Edwards defiantly. “F ** k all the inactivity, the only reason I didn’t fight is because all those so-called better guys turned me down.” “
I am still in the ranking. Fuck all the inactivity, the only reason I didn’t fight is because all these so called best guys turned me down.
Khamzat wants to fight then?
– Léon ‘Rocky’ Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) October 22, 2020
Edwards tried to fight one of the welterweights closest to him in the standings, calling for clashes against Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal. He recently made fun of a call from Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, who tried to get his attention through interviews and on social media.
Another fight that didn’t seem interested in Edwards was much-vaunted prospect Khamzat Chimaev, who has gone 3-0 with three consecutive finishes since joining the UFC.
“He has to at least beat someone in the top f ** king 25 before going straight to fight # 3,” Edwards said in an interview with MMA Fighting in early October. “At least fight someone in the top-25 or 30 first.
“Then we can start talking from there, but the MMA community is literally if you give them something, they’ll join. It is what it is. “
It seems Edwards’ tone towards a fight with Shimaev has now changed.
“Khamzat wants to fight then?” Edwards wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Chimaev is set to headline the next UFC Fight Night card on December 19 in Las Vega, but the promotion struggled to find a worthy opponent. Based on this social media post, Edwards appears to be volunteering for the service as he looks to get back into the cage as soon as possible with a potential showdown against the fighter he fired.
It didn’t take long for Chimeav to respond to Edwards.
I am always ready to fight. Let’s go. Baby rock’n’roll
– Khamzat Chimaev (@KChimaev) October 22, 2020