Leon Edwards doesn’t seem quite so keen but Belal Muhammad says that the unsatisfying outcome to Saturday’s UFC main event means that it should be rebooked as soon as possible.
In the second round inside the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Edwards connected with an inadvertent poke to Muhammad’s eye which led to the bout being declared a no-contest after Muhammad was unable to continue. It was a deeply frustrating conclusion to his first-ever UFC main event fight, and not surprisingly he wants to do it all over again to determine a clear victor.
My heart is shattered my first main event ended like that but Gods the best of planners im sorry to the fans and the @ufc you deserved a full fight.. Alhamdillah the vision is coming back and no permanent damage to the eye I’ll be back and want to run it back @Leon_edwardsmma pic.twitter.com/5xsvhmZ5Uh
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) March 14, 2021
“My heart is shattered my first main event ended like that but Gods the best of planners I’m, sorry to the fans and the UFC, you deserved a full fight.. Alhamdillah the vision is coming back and no permanent damage to the eye. I’ll be back and want to run it back,” he wrote on Twitter.
— danawhite (@danawhite) March 14, 2021
Edwards, though, isn’t quite as keen. In his own social media post, he wished Muhammad a full recovery but said that his ambitions lie in the UFC welterweight title and a rematch with Muhammad would only serve to further delay what he sees as his rightful place in the world title fight.
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“Thank you for all the love and support from my true fans and supporters,” Edwards wrote. “I’m devastated with the result and wish Belal a full recovery. On this journey I’m no stranger to struggle and frustration, but you can not break me. I felt great in there I was just getting warmed up but is what it is. I’ll see you soon.”
Muhammad has since claimed that any talk of a title shot for Leon Edwards is premature but it remains to be seen if the UFC would entertain another fight with Muhammad, particularly when fighters like Colby Covington are available. The American fighter, though, has confirmed that his vision is returning and it is likely that he will return to the cage before long — but whether or not that comes against Leon Edwards is anyone’s guess at the moment.