Leon Edwards’ slip up vs. Nate Diaz cost him title shot

UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman believes it was Leon Edwards’ sole fault that he wasn’t next in line for a title shot.

Edwards, who hasn’t lost since his unanimous decision to Usman (19-1 MMA, 14-0 UFC) in 2015, was on his way to a dominant performance against Nate Diaz at UFC 263 until he was in the last minute of the Competition.

Although the slip didn’t cost Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) the fight, in Usman’s eyes it cost him the title shot.

“Absolutely because that was an audition,” Usman said of Edwards’ performance in an interview with Daniel Cormier. “You audition for me, then I decide if it’s you or this guy. Me and the promotion, we’re going to sit down and say, ‘I like this audition. Let’s pick him next ‘and he went out there and he auditioned and for a while he was OK but then all of a sudden, at the 25th minute, shit in bed. You can not. So that forced the hand of promotion and my hand because that’s business now. “

He continued, “Somebody has to be real with this guy. At the end of the day we know – let’s face it, we know this is a business. This is a partnership between us and the doctorate. It’s a partnership, you have to give them something to work with. You have to give them something to sell and they threw you bone for bone for bone. Let’s face it, based on that last performance, you can’t do that with Nate Diaz. You can not.”

Instead, Colby Covington is the one to face another attack on Usman, and the pair will strike in the UFC 268 Main Event on November 6th. Edwards, on the other hand, will defeat Jorge Masvidal in a highly anticipated grudge match taking place just a month later at UFC 269 on December 11th.


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