Edwards lastly acquired his arms on the UFC welterweight title by ending former pound-for-pound king Kamaru Usman by fifth-round knockout in the principle occasion of UFC 278 at Vivint Enviornment in Salt Lake Metropolis on August 21.
Rocky’s last-gasp victory arrange the prospect of an instantaneous rematch with Usman, the previous all-conquering welterweight champion, who was thought of by many to be the most effective combined martial artist on this planet.
However, regardless of Edwards beforehand stating that Usman deserves a second probability, he lately admitted that Diaz might be the subsequent man in line for a shot on the gold if he defeats Chimaev in two weeks’ time.
Throughout an look on The MMA Hour earlier this week, he mentioned: “The scenes could be loopy.
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“I’d 100 per cent give Nate a shot, as a result of Nate’s a G. I all the time mentioned it, even after the battle: He’s who he’s.
“He’s one of many biggest. The sport has by no means modified him. So if that does occur then Nate’s undoubtedly getting a shot.”
Edwards, 30, was visibly overcome with emotion after lastly getting his arms on the title he had wanted for therefore lengthy.
He added: “Everybody retains asking me, ‘How does it really feel?’ however it’s exhausting to place into phrases.
“I believe that’s why in my post-fight interview I used to be simply crying, as a result of it’s exhausting to — not simply the second of profitable the UFC world championship, however attending to that time or reaching my dream, going by all of the ups and downs all through life and all through my profession.
“It’s nonetheless tough to place into phrases. It nonetheless feels so surreal. It doesn’t really feel actual generally.
“While you watch films and also you see individuals cry from happiness, I’ve by no means cried from happiness earlier than in my life. So once I’m crying from happiness, that’s when you recognize it was actual. It was such a surreal second, and one which I’ll treasure without end.
“To assume I didn’t know the place Utah was, and now it’s caught in my life without end. It’s an incredible story.”
Combating out of Birmingham, however initially from Jamaica, Edwards grew to become simply the second British MMA fighter to win a UFC championship.
And followers shall be delighted to know that his crew are doing all they will to make sure that his first defence takes locations on house soil.
Edwards’ supervisor Tim Simpson informed MMA Fighting: “I believe a homecoming battle within the UK is the principle purpose. The opponent, we’ll determine it out however he desires to battle within the UK. I believe he deserves that.
“Will probably be large, and I believe he deserves that homecoming. Full circle from 2018 getting booed in his house nation. He’s the hero now, and he deserves it. Actually, that’s the one factor we actually, actually need. The remainder will fall into line.”
“We’re working in partnership with the UFC and we’ll see what they really feel strongly about and work from there,” he mentioned. “However actually it’s the situation, which is the most important factor.
“As Leon mentioned, ‘I’m prime of the mountain now, deliver them on.’ The factor we’ll actually battle for is getting it within the UK.”