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Leon Edwards open to Islam Makhachev but in addition eyes middleweight transfer

Leon Edwards needs to climb the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.

Edwards (21-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) defends his welterweight title in a rematch in opposition to Belal Muhammad within the UFC 304 headliner July 27 at Co-op Reside in Manchester, England. Edwards is at the moment ranked No. 4 within the official pound-for-pound rankings and is aiming to ascend.

“That’s my aim,” Edwards advised talkSPORT MMA. “Clearly my first aim was to attain this (UFC title), and now I’ve received it. I’ve received to make one other aim, what’s going to get me up within the morning to go on the market and obtain what I’m making an attempt to attain – the numbers, the cash, the pound-for-pound rankings.”

Light-weight champ Islam Makhachev (25-1 MMA, 14-1 UFC) has expressed his curiosity in difficult for the welterweight title on quite a few events, and Edwards can see that combat occurring.

However Edwards has the will to maneuver up a weight class himself.

“For positive, for positive,” Edwards mentioned of preventing Makhachev. “I really feel like we’ve each received work to do inside our division. I really feel Islam simply fought his very first light-weight (Poirier). He fought Volk, however that is his very first light-weight he’s fought throughout the division.

“He’s on a 3 protection streak. After I beat Belal, that will likely be my third, as nicely, so we’re each on related paths. I can see that taking place sooner or later. Additionally, I wish to transfer up, as nicely, and problem for the middleweight belt hopefully. I really feel like I’d have the dimensions for it and the ability for it, so why not chase greatness?”

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