Two of the most underrated fighters on the roster today will clash in one of 2019’s most underrated main-events at UFC San Antonio.
And it’s almost disappointing in a way that this fight has been flying so far under the radar.
Edwards is one of the UFC roster’s most quietly impressive fighters and with a seven-fight win-streak, he has managed to gather the heads of some elite welterweight talents – both ranked and on the periphery of the top-15.
Wins over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Gunnar Nelson, and Vicente Luque have seen him garner some well-deserved attention in short bursts but in the eyes of most fans, his biggest moment came after the entire ‘three-piece and a soda’ incident with Jorge Masvidal – an incident he reflected on during his interview with Pundit Arena last month.
Of course, those in-the-know will be well aware of exactly how talented Rocky is but standing between him and a position within the divisional top-5 is a man, in Rafael dos Anjos, who is among the sternest tests of championship mettle that there is in the game today.
Not that that should be taken as any type of dig at the former lightweight champion, RDA is a truly phenomenal fighter and one of the greatest 155lb-r’s to ever lace up gloves.
His run at 170lbs, although still very impressive, has seen him run into problems at the very highest level – but as far as fighters who come to the octagon as the complete package are concerned, dos Anjos is one of the finest examples around.
So how does this one play out?
Well, first of all, I don’t see either man getting a finish here.
I would imagine that the fight will be close, but in many ways, round by round things could look very, very different.
I am a huge fan of RDA at welterweight but his lack of power compared to his days as a lightweight has caused him to change his fighting style in a way that’s almost frustrating to those who witnessed his best days in the lighter class.
I just think Edwards has been waiting for a shot like this for quite some time, and given how young he is, I expect him to rise to the occasion and showcase and even better version of his skillset this time around.
Dos Anjos will have his moments and will likely steal a round or two but expect Leon Edwards to finally take home a top-5 win in an impressive showing that validates all of the promise many have held for him in reason years.
Prediction: Leon Edwards by unanimous decision
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena