Leon Edwards Says He Was Offered Bout Against Tyron Woodley

Leon Edwards hasn’t been seen in action since scoring a unanimous decision win over former UFC Lightweight Champion Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC Fight Night San Antonio.

It would appear that the fighter may have his next bout set, as Edwards claims to have been offered a fight against former UFC Welterweight Champion Tyron Woodley.

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“If they give me Woodley, the talk is that it would be in America. They said to me this week that they offered Tyron Woodley the fight for January...the same date as Conor...the same card as Conor in January. They offered us that fight for the co-main, I said, ‘Yeah,’ and whatever, so [we’ll wait and see],” said Edwards to Severe MMA (via Peter Carroll of MMA Fighting). 

There has been no comment yet from either Woodley or the UFC as to whether or not the bout was offered to Edwards.

Edwards also says that he offered to be an alternate for the UFC 244 and UFC 245 main events, but was turned down by the UFC.

“When the fight got made, when Diaz vs. Masvidal [was made], I offered the UFC that I would stay ready just in case anything like this happened,” Edwards said. “[UFC] said that, ‘No, it should be fine, you don’t need to.’ I kind of put all my focus into December, so I asked them again in case someone from Colby or Usman fell out, but they said no again this week. So, I’m aiming towards early next year probably. Woodley would be a good fight. Let’s just see how these next two fights pan out - Masvidal and Diaz, Usman and Colby - let’s see how they play out and then I want the number one spot, if not the title shot.”

The UFC reportedly had two events scheduled for January of next year, with those cards taking place on January 18 and January 25.

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