Following the sensational head kick knockout that Edwards (19-3 MMA, 11-2 UFC) used to win the welterweight title from Usman (20-2 MMA, 15-1 UFC) in the fifth round of Saturday’s main event at UFC 278 held at Vivint Arena, a whole new universe of possibilities has opened up for the promotion in England.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has never held a stadium event on Edwards’ home turf of the United Kingdom, but Dana White concedes that there is a “serious temptation” to schedule the rubber bout at Wembley Stadium in London, which can hold approximately 90,000 people. In the past, though, White has shown a great deal of reluctance with performing in open-air venues, and this attitude likely hasn’t changed much.
“How do you not do – f*ck, Wembley,” White told reporters.
“I don’t know. We could go to England whenever the hell we want to now. We could go to England – we were selling out England before. Now you look at, do you do a bigger arena? I’m scared to go outside, and I’m definitely scared to go outside in England. I’m serious, but joking about England. Anything is possible in England now. It would be fun, but it’s scary at the same time. The weather isn’t the greatest in England.”
“I don’t think Edward would have to sit and wait anyway due to the knockout,” White said.
“I don’t think he would have to wait that long. He would have to go back into camp and start training anyway. First of all, we’d have to have the date. We’re all booked up all the way to – I think we’re booked up into January now. There will be no waiting for him, even if it’s a rematch.”
“It’s how crazy the sport is. It’s what makes this sport the greatest sport in the world. That you can sit through four rounds and four minutes and that can happen in a fight. Anything is possible in this sport. Every time we make a fight and it’s like, ‘This is a lopsided, one-sided f*cking – there are no lopsided, one-sided fights in this sport. Anything is possible. I said it to you guys this week, the problem with this fight is people won’t give Leon enough credit and he’s a very dangerous opponent. Wow.”