Leon Edwards: Dramatic promo for Tyron Woodley UFC fight
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Leon Edwards has given his verdict on who he thinks will become the next British UFC world champion. Rocky is confident Ipswich’s Arnold Allen will be the third Brit to capture the coveted gold strap after Michael Bisping and himself.
Allen recently beat No5 ranked featherweight Calvin Kattar as he continues his pursuit of 145lb champion Alexander Volkanovski. However, the fight was stopped after Kattar was unable to put weight on an injured knee sustained at the end of the first – dimming the possibility of an instant title shot.
As Volkanovski flirts with the idea of moving up to lightweight to challenge newly-crowned champion Islam Makhachev – Allen has called for an interim title fight.
Above him, there are only two fighters that have not been defeated by Volkanovski – Josh Emmet and Yair Rodriguez. Either of these would be favourites to take up the challenge in order to inject new life into the featherweight division.
Edwards – the UFC welterweight champion – is backing Allen to go all the way and believes he has the capabilities to dethrone the dominant Aussie title holder.
“I believe Arnold [Allen], he fought last weekend and that’s his tenth win in a row and to achieve that in the UFC is hard,” Edwards told Express Sport. “There are only four of us, me, him, and the next two champions [Volkanovski and Makhachev] that have actually achieved that. So, he’s the only one out of the four that hasn’t actually got the belt.
“His path is longer, similar to mine because we’re not loud characters, we do our work silently and get it done. So, I believe Arnold, I see him in the gym, I see how hard he works. I see how good he is. I think Arnold will be the next one.”
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Another British fighter that has generated a lot of hype around him is Paddy Pimblett. The proud Liverpudlian has quickly become a fan favourite since making his debut in the UFC last year.
So far, he is 3-0 with the MMA giants and has been touted to go far. Edwards sees a lot of potential in The Baddy and hopes that he does well in the sport to ensure its continued growth on British shores.
“I would love for him to go far; I will support anyone in the UK because it helps the sport grow and bring more kids to the sport,” he continued. “So, I’d love for him to do well. Obviously, it’s hard to say this early on because I don’t know what fights he’s going to have or what path he’s going to go down, but he has a lot of potential.”
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