Leon Edwards and Dana White appear to be in a tricky spot with each other. Edwards believes he should get the next crack at the welterweight title and he’s willing to sit out and wait for it.

The only other option for Edwards is a fight against Jorge Masvidal. The two famously have had issues since their backstage incident back in 2019.

“I thought Masvidal was an option, but [his camp is] saying next year, and I’m not waiting until next year,” Edwards said Monday on The MMA Hour (transcription via Steven Marrocco). “If I’m waiting until next year, I might as well be fighting for the world title.

“Why would I wait for a man I’ve called out for three years, turned me down for three years – now he’s coming off two back-to-back losses, got knocked out in his last fight, to say yeah, I’ll fight you next year, when I could wait for the title shot?”

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If it’s not Masvidal then Leon Edwards wants a title shot. He believes it’s rightfully his turn.

“It’s been six years since my last loss,” Edwards said. “Colby got beat by the champion, fought Woodley, the fight ended by injury, sat out for over a year and got a title shot. But when I go on and get 10 fights in a row, now, ‘He needs one more.’ Every time, it’s one more. I think they’re trying to get me beat, but I cannot lose. I truly believe that I will be the next world champion. They’re trying to hold me back from it, but it’s coming. I truly believe it.”