Michael Bisping predicts Leon Edwards will ‘make a joke’ of Nate Diaz in their UFC 263 battle.
Michael Bisping, the former UFC middleweight champion, has given his thoughts on Leon Edwards’ biggest battle to date in the UFC.
Since a 2015 loss to current UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, Edwards has gone undefeated, and fellow Brit Bisping believes the Birmingham native is just one huge win away from a shot at the gold later this year.
For more than a year, Edwards has been on the verge of a title chance.
Last March, though, his main event match in London with former champ Tyron Woodley was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
And his sole fight since then, against Belal Muhammad, ended in a no-contest after the Brit’s accidental eye-poke prompted the bout to be stopped and judged a no contest.
During that time, former interim champion Colby Covington has been named the UFC’s top contender to face Usman, who defeated Jorge Masvidal in a rematch for the world title earlier this year.
It means Edwards will remain on the outside, watching from the outside. But, according to Bisping, everything might change this weekend.
In an interview with Express Sport, the only British fighter to win a UFC belt stated Edwards had a great chance to do so later this year.
“Leon Edwards is a fantastic fighter and athlete who is doing everything he has to do – he is winning fights,” he stated.
“How about an eight-fight winning streak with one no-contest? He’s destroying people, he’s improving, and he appears to be dangerous and lethal.
“The only thing I think – and this isn’t meant as an insult – is that his star power isn’t there, at least in the United States.
“Obviously, if you’re an MMA fan in the United Kingdom, you’ve heard of Leon Edwards. However, in the United States, (only) the hardcores are likely to be aware of his existence.
“It’s likely that the majority of the fan base is made up of casuals who watch Conor McGregor fights and championship pay-per-views.
“Of course, they all know who Nate Diaz is, and a large number of pay-per-view viewers will be pumped up for the people’s main event, which is Nate Diaz.”
Bisping believes Diaz’s celebrity will be a boon to Edwards, with their specially-arranged five-round welterweight main bout at UFC 263 on Saturday night serving as the ideal springboard. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”