UFC welterweight Leon Edwards had a very interesting night in London on Saturday as he picked up the biggest win of his career and potentially found out the identity of a future opponent post-fight.
His victory over Gunnar Nelson displayed a pretty confident performance from the Englishman, all things considered.
For the most part, he was able to successfully nullify his Icelandic adversary both on the feet and on the ground and to the surprise of some, he was able to show off some pretty impressive grappling chops in there with the elite black-belt.
Taking a split-decision win over a guy of Gunnar’s ability would have made for a memorable evening alone, but after the event, he was involved in a backstage skirmish that saw main-event winner Jorge Masvidal fire off several quick punches before security intervened.
All in all, it’s not exactly a good look for the sport but even still, we can’t help but wonder whether the UFC will do what they have done so frequently in the past and allow these two to settle their differences inside the octagon.
Masvidal managed to completely shock the London crowd by KO’ing their hero Darren Till stiff after a riveting opening round in the top-billed attraction.
Now, despite very little in the way of a statement from the UFC, it’s not hard to imagine that these guys will be on a collision course before long.
Edwards to his official Twitter page to briefly address his win and post-fight controversy.
“Very happy with my performance last night against a very high-calibre opponent in Gunnar Nelson. Much respect to you Gunnar that was a great fight and I look forward to seeing you bounce back.
“Thanks to my team, family, friend, and the fans for everything.
“Birmingham stand up! As I said – that’s seven in a row in the hardest division in the sport and I’m coming for everyone. World champ 2019! Mark my words. If you’re not with me now, you will be.
“And Jorge, fair play sneaking your shots in when you could, but now you’re f**ked. If security wasn’t there you wouldn’t have made it back to the US. I’ll see you soon.
— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) March 17, 2019
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena