6 burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN 4

The UFC’s assembly line keeps churning with UFC on ESPN 4 the latest in an endless supply of Saturday events.

Fortunately, the UFC’s return to San Antonio features enough intriguing matchups to give even the most burned-out fans a reason to tune in, not the least of which is the welterweight main event between former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and red-hot Brit Leon Edwards.

UFC on ESPN 4 takes place Saturday at AT&T Center in San Antonio. The card airs on ESPN.

Without further ado, let’s get to the six burning questions that must be answered at UFC on ESPN 4.

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Can a red-hot Leon Edwards seize the moment in his biggest spotlight?

It’s a well established pattern at this point: Some fighters, whether because of their perceived marketability or reaction to the amount of noise they make on social media, get put on the fast track to success.

Then there are those who the UFC seems content to just have as another name on the roster, until they win so many fights in a row they can no longer be denied.

Such is the case for Edwards (17-3 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who’s had to scrape and claw for every bit of attention he’s received. Edwards (29-11 MMA, 18-9 UFC) has won seven consecutive bouts in the UFC welterweight division and nine of his past 10. His only main event to this point was a Fight Pass-streamed win over Donald Cerrone last year in Singapore that, let’s be honest here, few of you watched.

So now Edwards finally has the chance to seize the day, in the main event of an ESPN-broadcast card in a bout with the always dangerous dos Anjos, who is looking to reestablish himself after going 1-2 in his past three fights. With a loss, you can be sure the UFC will go back to just using Edwards as a name on European shows. Win, though, and the company can no longer deny his presence on the short list of top 170-pound contenders.

Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie

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