Edwards (15-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) called out Cerrone (33-10 MMA, 20-7 UFC) after notching his third straight octagon win, which came in March 2017 at UFC Fight Night 107. It would take two more fights to get Cerrone to agree.
The two are set to headline UFC Fight Night 132, which takes place June 23 at Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. The event’s entire card streams live on UFC Fight Pass.
For several years, Edwards has watched “Cowboy” and thought he would be a good matchup. But now Edwards thinks it’s his time to surpass the veteran fighter.
“I just feel like I’m better than the kid,” Edwards told reporters backstage this past month at UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool. “I feel I’ve got better striking, better grappling, better everything. I’m 26 years old. He’s like 35, 36, and I feel like I’ll go out there and put him away.”
If the UFC sees the matchup as a possible passing of the torch, all the better. Roberts has made nine appearances for the promotion, fighting his way through the ranks. Not all of his outings have been successful; a pair of losses in bouts against Claudio Silva and Kamaru Usman hurt his stock. But with five wins, his resume has improved immensely.
All he needs is for the promotion to get on board.
“I’m on a five-fight win streak now, so hopefully (the UFC) will get behind me,” he said. “I still have to go out there and prove why I’ve been calling this guy out and put him away. I’d like to get a shot at this in Birmingham. This would be amazing.”
A longtime resident of the U.K. city, Edwards would like the same kind of shine afforded to Liverpool native Darren Till, who got a hero’s welcome in UFC Fight Night 130’s headliner opposite Stephen Thompson.
Edwards was unsuccessful in calling out Till prior to the event. But he gets his own chance to beat a highly respected fighter and climb the welterweight ladder.
And who knows, maybe a showdown with fellow star Till is on the horizon.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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