|Leon Edwards has 19 wins, three defeats and one no-contest from 23 MMA fights. (Photo by= Getty Images)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] Britain's Leon Edwards is next in line to fight champion Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title, says UFC president Dana White. BBC Sports reported that Edwards, 30, has not lost in 10 fights and is number three in the rankings.
Top contender Colby Covington, who lost to Usman in November, has agreed to fight Jorge Masvidal in March. Asked if Edwards would be next to fight for the title, White told TSN: "100%. That kid's had a rough run and he deserves it." Edwards has been calling for a title shot for the past two years, but Masvidal, Covington, and Gilbert Burns have had opportunities ahead of him. Burns was the number one contender when he fought and lost in February, while Covington and Masvidal are two of the biggest stars in the division. White said: "If you look at it, Colby lost to [Usman] twice, Gilbert lost. Leon's next. He's number three."
Masvidal and Covington are scheduled to fight at UFC 272, an agreement that paved the way for Edwards to take on Usman in a rematch. Edwards lost to Usman in 2015. White said Edwards was one of the few fighters prepared to face rising star Khamzat Chimaev. "We were in a matchmaking meeting on Tuesday and I'm always saying nobody wants to fight [Chimaev]," said White.