Leon Edwards and Khamzat Chimaev will meet next month in the main event of UFC Vegas 17.
Despite facing an unranked opponent, Edwards believes he’ll earn a welterweight title shot with a victory over Chimaev.
“It was mentioned in negotiations,” Edwards told MMA Junkie. “I can’t see who else they can give it to. Masvidal again? Colby again? Like who could they give it to? These guys in under a year or so have already lost for the title. Colby fought for the title before, Masvidal basically got outwrestled easy for the title, so I can’t see who else they’d give a title shot to next. But it will be me.”
Edwards, despite being ranked #3 in the welterweight division and riding an eight fight winning streak, has yet to receive a title shot.
The fighter believes that he’ll face current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman when that title shot comes.
“I think Usman, for sure. I think he beats Burns,” Edwards said. “Burns is good, but he’s probably like the B-class Usman, so I think Usman should get it done. He is the last person to beat me, eight fights ago. So, to go out there and get that one back and to win the title, that would be way, way better.”