Sonnen, in his criticism of Edwards, said that Edwards needs to learn how to become interesting.
“You want to have a title fight or a big fight, the first thing you have to be is interesting,” Sonnen said on Ariel & The Bad Guy (via Cole Shelton of MMA News). “Both of those guys are great fighters, but they don’t bring any interest to the table. Leon Edwards coming out and calling for a fight that anybody that has the sense knows he isn’t going to get not only wastes a media opportunity, but it makes him look like he doesn’t have power in this sport. The worst thing you can be in this sport is powerless. The absolute worse thing you can do is call for a shot, in front of SportsCenter, and not get it.”
Edwards is currently riding an eight fight winning streak and is ranked #3 in the UFC welterweight division, but hasn’t competed in a year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The welterweight contender has heard what Sonnen has said and Edwards says that he cannot become a clown.
“It’s never about the skills, right? It’s always about [that] I need to basically be a clown,” Edwards said to Submission Radio (via Cole Shelton of MMA News). “It’s not me. I can’t like put on a MAGA hat and pretend. I know what he’s saying, [that] I need to do more for promotion-wise, cause it’s the entertainment business at the end of the day. So, I do understand where he’s coming from. But that was Chael. He talks his way into big opportunities back in the day, fought Anderson Silva and things like that. So, it is what it is. Like he said, I didn’t take much from it. I hear what he said and it is what it is.”
There is no word at this time as to when the #3 ranked welterweight will compete again.