The UFC reportedly offered Leon Edwards to pull out of the welterweight title race against Kamaru Usman in exchange for a good check. Instead, the organization, chaired by Dana White, will consider returning Conor McGregor to the octagon against the Nigerian, potentially at UFC 274 in Las Vegas in July.
Undisputed UFC welterweight king Kamaru Usman has five title defenses in the octagon. Having beaten their rivals one by one in the cage, the Nigerian Nightmare is now waiting to know the name of its next victim. Second title contender after Colby Covington, Leon Edwards should get a chance against Kamaru Usman. And if a possible fight between the two men could take place next July at UFC 276 in Las Vegas, the Dana White-led organization has yet to finalize anything. And for good reason, according to information revealed by Chael Sonnen, the UFC would have had a different idea: a fight between Kamaru Usman and Conor McGregor.
Out of the ring since losing to Dustin Poirier in July 2021, the Irish star has been recovering for a broken leg sustained during that fight for months. The UFC, looking to sign a hit for their Las Vegas event, is reportedly working to set up this showdown between Kamaru Usman and the “Infamous” summer.
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A check to fire Edwards?
A solution remains to be found to remove Leon Edwards from his revenge against Kamaru Usman, a fight promised by Dana White to “Rocky” for months. In order for the 30-year-old Briton to temporarily withdraw from the fight in favor of Conor McGregor, the UFC would offer him a check equivalent to his salary for the fight plus his bonus for winning, according to Chael Sonnen. The former mixed martial artist and trash talk master, now serving as a consultant, appears to be convinced that the McGregor-Usman fight will happen.
“I was told that Leon was offered his purse for the fight and his bonus for winning, and whatever was agreed for Leon to fight Kamaru,” Sonnen said in comments relayed by BJPenn.
And the ex-fighter with 49 professional fights clarified what UFC members had in mind Leon Edwards: “We will write you a check for withdrawal. We have the right to withdraw you (from the fight against Usman, approx. ed.), but we do not want there to be any offense. And we recognize that you deserve it. So, we will send you what we agreed on. And you can stay at home.”
McGregor dreams of his comeback
Leon Edwards’ response to this alleged proposal is not yet known. But on the side of the Usman-McGregor duo, such a poster would have its advantages.
Undefeated in his last 19 fights, Kamaru Usman wouldn’t mind such a spectacular fight against the Infamous. Especially given the financial implications this entails in terms of pay-per-view sales.
The Irishman has gained weight during his recovery and is not yet sure he can get back in shape to fight at lightweight or featherweight. Moving up to welterweight, where he has already fought three times for a record of one loss and two wins, would allow him to find the light. First of all, Conor McGregor recently got into such a duel with YouTube channel TheMacLife that he wanted Kamaru Usman for his comeback.
After losing three in his last four UFC fights since 2018, Conor McGregor may not have much choice left. Fighting Kamaru Usman will give him one last chance to stay at the top of the UFC. The place in the sun that he had occupied for so many years in the past.