After Colby Covington beat Robbie Lawler at UFC Newark, all signs pointed to him fighting Kamaru Usman next.

Yet, that may not be the case, as negotiations hit a snag, and the UFC talked to Leon Edwards about a title shot.

The Englishman has not heard anything back from the UFC, but still eyes that title shot.

“They phoned my management team and asked ‘what’s Leon doing, would he be ready for November?’ and I said I’d be ready whenever,” Edwards said to MMA Fighting. “I’ve not heard nothing back since that phone call so I’m just hoping. I know Dana [White] came out and said they have big plans for me so hopefully it’s a title shot.”

Leon Edwards is on a massive winning streak and coming off of a dominating performance over Rafael dos Anjos. Yet, that may still not be enough to get the next title shot, as there is a chance the UFC re-tries to book Usman-Covington. With that, Leon Edwards has a stern message for Covington.

“F—k Colby Covington. I don’t like Colby anyways. I don’t give a s—t about what he’s doing,” Edwards said. “My thing is to get a world title shot. Let’s me and Kamaru run it back. We’ve got the most wins in the division, we’re the two best in the division. Let’s run it back.”

The hope for Edwards is he does get the title shot against Usman next as the two fought back in 2015 where Usman beat the Englishman by decision.

So, now, he believes there is no better story to rematch the champ and win the belt in the rematch.

“For me that would be perfect — him having the title and me taking it off him — that would be the fairytale story,” Edwards said. “To defeat the last man to defeat me for the title, I hope I get the chance to do that. My message [to Kamaru Usman] is let’s run it back. We fought years ago and let’s run it back so I can get the title off you.”

In the end, no one knows who will be next in line for Kamaru Usman, but Leon Edwards believes he has deserved it.

“I have paid my dues,” Edwards stated. “I’ve done everything they’ve asked me to do. I flew across the world to fight [Rafael dos Anjos], I flew across the world to fight “Cowboy” [Donald Cerrone]. I’ve fought back to back. I’m on an eight-fight win streak, second only to the current champion. I have more than paid my price to get a world title shot.”

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