Leon Edwards wanted Darren Till at UFC London to prove he’s the best in the UK and thinks it’s crazy how different their careers went in 2019.
In March of 2019, UFC returned to London, UK. Darren Till was the main event against Jorge Masvidal and Leon “Rocky” Edwards had the co-main spot against Gunnar Nelson. During the press conference, the two English fighters trash talked each other back and forth. Now, Edwards admits that he wishes him and Till were the ones going at it in the main event.
“Yeah for sure at the time. That was the fight to make at the time but they made the Masvidal [vs. Till] fight instead,” Edwards told BJPENN.com. “For sure I wish we would have fought.”
UFC London seen Darren Till lose to Jorge Masvidal by knockout, while Edwards was able to beat Nelson by decision. That fight marked Till’s 2nd straight stoppage loss, which seen him move up to Middleweight. Since then, Edwards went on to fight Rafael dos Anjos in his next fight in a main event and won.
After moving up to Middleweight, Till has put himself in a top contender spot after his victory over Kelvin Gastelum, while Edwards is set to battle it out against Tyron Woodley in the main event of UFC London, 2020.
When Leon Edwards reflects on 2019, he thinks it’s crazy how different the career paths of the two Englishmen have went.
“It’s mad right. I was the co-main event and he was the main event. Now I’m the main event and he isn’t even on the card. It’s crazy how far apart we are. He is now at middleweight and it’s mad on how it played out,” he explained. “It would have been a great fight. I’m doing my thing at welterweight but I wish him nothing but the best.”
If the two Englishmen faced each other in 2019, Edwards believes he would have won and wishes he had the chance to prove it. Leon Edwards wants to show that he is the best MMA fighter from England and says the Darren Till scrap would have proved it.
“I would’ve won. I’m the best in the UK so I would have won. Look, I have nothing but respect for him and wish him nothing but the best,” he said.
It’s not just Leon Edwards who believes that he is the best fighter from the UK. Former UFC Middleweight champion Michael Bisping does too. Bisping recently came out and said that he believes Edwards has the best shot to become the next British UFC champion and that’s exactly what Edward’s plans to do this year.
“I respect Mike a lot because he’s done a lot for UK MMA. To hear that from Mike means a lot to me,” he concluded. “I will be the next world champion from the UK and I can’t wait for that day to come.”
This article first appeared on CLOSEDGUARDMEDIA.com on 27th February, 2020.