Rafael dos Anjos was expected to be the most difficult battle of Leon Edwards’ profession to date, however “Rocky” made a difficult battle appearance simple. The 27- year-old Brit bested the previous light-weight champ dos Anjos through uneven consentaneous choice in the primary occasion of UFC San Antonio, providing him the greatest win of his MMA profession so far. The judges scored the battle 50-45, 49-46 and 49-46 for Edwards.
It was the development win that Edwards required to dive ahead of the pack in the crammed and deep UFC welterweight department. In lots of methods, dos Anjos was the gatekeeper to the elite. In his last battle, dos Anjos stopped Kevin Lee from making it to the top of the stack at 170 pounds. Edwards showed to be a far remarkable fighter than Lee was. Rather of gassing out like Lee did, Edwards kept pressing a difficult rate for 25 minutes. By beating RDA peacefully for 5 rounds, Edwards did what he required to do to show that he’s an elite welterweight in the UFC. He’s quickly among the top-five 170- pounders worldwide today.
At this point, the UFC welterweight department’s elite goes like this: Kamaru Usman, the champ; and after that Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington and Leon Edwards in the tier right below, with a lot of other fighters right listed below them. That’s an excellent location to be for Edwards, who moved to 10 -2 general in the UFC with the win over dos Anjos. Now riding an eight-fight win streak, Edwards really has an excellent argument to be the No. 1 competitor at this moment.
But let’s face it, the truth that Masvidal completed Ben Askren in simply 5 seconds at UFC 239 suggests he’s most likely going to be Usman’s next challenger. Obviously, that’s disallowing an incredible efficiency by Covington when he handles Robbie Lawler 2 weeks from now at UFC on ESPN 5. He might possibly slip previous Masvidal and get his long-overdue title shot if Covington wins that battle in dominant style. With the method Masvidal completed Askren, he ‘d appear to have the within track.
Beating dos Anjos puts Edwards in an excellent position in any case, however, since it suggests he’ll combat either Masvidal or Covington next, with Usman getting the other guy. Either Edwards gets the animosity match he desires terribly versus Masvidal, or he deals with another hard test in Covington. In either case, the win over dos Anjos puts Edwards in line for a big battle his next time out, and most likely another centerpiece slot. It’s an excellent location to be for Edwards, who has likewise revealed some incredible mic abilities with his callout of Masvidal.
When they reserved this match,
The UFC matchmakers were hoping that Edwards would beat dos Anjos. Dos Anjos is an excellent fighter, however he’s been at the top for a long period of time and it was time for some new members in the department. The matchmakers have actually waited on a while for Edwards to truly take that next action in his profession. Although he was not able to get the surface over dos Anjos, it was still a mostly-dominant proving byEdwards It was the type of win that the UFC brass desired Edwards to get prior to they provided him that No. 1 competitor’s bout, which promises for his next battle.
Beating a person like dos Anjos who is so reputable is an enormous plume in the cap forEdwards The UFC welterweight department required brand-new competitors for Usman’s belt and now Edwards is among them. He may require another win prior to he gets that title shot he desires, however beating dos Anjos showed that he’s plainly an elite fighter at 170 pounds.