UFC reviewing ‘all venues in England’ for Edwards vs Usman 3


UFC president Dana White says the promotion is exploring “every venue in England” for a potential trilogy fight between Leon Edwards and Kamaru Usman.

Edwards became Britain’s second UFC champion when he won the welterweight title from Usman on Saturday, knocking out the Nigerian-American with a last-round header to avenge a 2015 points loss.

Jamaican-born Edwards, who has spent most of his life in Birmingham, was down on the scorecards at UFC 278 when he produced a stunning finish to dethrone Usman, and a third fight between the two is now on the cards.

“This thing is going to be so huge, not just for the UK but for Europe,” White said at a press conference this week.

“We would hold it in prime time in the UK. We are looking at all options at the moment, we are looking at all sites in England – not just London, we are looking at all sites in England.

“We are looking at everything. There are a lot of curfews and things you have to deal with in England, but we literally worked on that today.

Leon Edwards achieves one of the greatest knockouts in UFC history

(UFC Europe via Twitter)

“We organized a Fight Night at the O2 [Arena, London] and it sells out in minutes. Imagine what we can do with this thing. It’s going to be huge there. We had no intention of returning to England, just like the last time I left England.

The UFC typically visits the UK once or twice a year and has mainly held events in London in recent years.

After a hugely successful UFC London card in March, the promotion made a quick turnaround to hold another event at the O2 Arena in July.

While White has tended to reject the idea of ​​stadium shows and the UFC has only hosted a small number since its inception in the 1990s, Wembley Stadium in London has been mentioned by the UFC president as a potential location for Edwards vs Usman 3.

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