Stephen Thompson Criticizes Leon Edwards

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Key Highlights:
  • Thompson’s Dismissal: Critiques Edwards’ dual-champion ambitions.
  • Edwards’ Title Defense: Facing Covington at UFC 296 headliner.
  • Welterweight Division Opportunities: Thompson highlights the depth of talent at 170 lbs.

Stephen Thompson has voiced his opinion on Leon Edwards’ recent aspirations to become a dual-division champion, labeling them as premature.

Thompson’s Take on Edwards’ Middleweight Ambitions

As the UFC welterweight champion Edwards (21-3 MMA, 13-2 UFC) prepares for his second title defense against Colby Covington, he has expressed his desire to chase the middleweight title. However, Thompson (17-6-1 MMA, 12-6-1 UFC), who is also competing at UFC 296, believes Edwards is overlooking the wealth of contenders in the welterweight division. “I think that’s crap,” Thompson told Submission Radio, emphasizing that Edwards should focus on defending his title at 170 lbs.

Thompson’s Call for Edwards to Focus on Welterweight

Thompson, set to face Shavkat Rakhmonov on the same night as Edwards vs. Covington, argues that there’s an array of welterweight talent deserving a shot at the title. He suggests that Edwards should aim to “clean the division out” before considering a move to the middleweight class. Thompson sees Edwards’ comments as possibly seeking a more lucrative fight, rather than acknowledging the depth of the welterweight roster.

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