LEON EDWARDS is ready to wait out for the winner of Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington after admitting: 'I’m not fighting no one else'.
The British welterweight is now ten fights unbeaten and recently outpointed American star Nate Diaz over five rounds.
But still, No1 ranked Covington is next in line for champion Usman, the last man to beat Edwards, in a rematch of their 2019 thriller.
Edwards, 29, told UFC’s John Gooden: “Let’s say they do give Colby the title shot, I’m not fighting no one else unless it’s a title shot. That’s just it.
“I’m not gonna start fighting 10, 11, 12 fights and still ain’t got a title shot.
"I’ve earned my way. I didn’t b**** and moan when I took my loss against Kamaru.
"I worked my way back up to now have a 9, 10-fight win streak. I feel like I deserve it.
“Colby went and got knocked out for the title shot, went and got a weird win, and now is back in for a title shot, which is f***ed up.
"It is what it is but let’s say they do give him the title shot, then I’ll fight the winner later on this year but I’m not fighting no one else.”
Covington, 33, was stopped in the final round of his title challenge against Usman, 34, who has since made three more defences.
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The American bounced back by beating ex-champ Tyron Woodley, 39, last September which has set him up with another crack at the gold.
Usman's last two fights have both been against Jorge Masvidal, 36, winning the first on points followed by a brutal KO in April.
Masvidal has long feuded Edwards after they were involved in a backstage brawl after UFC London in 2019.
But he recently poured cold water on the fight, with Edwards losing hope of ever settling the score with his rival.
He said: “I know they’re talking about Masvidal but I’ve been asking to fight Masvidal f***ing two or three years ago.
"Like, running him down but he kept turning me down and saying ‘Nah, I don’t want to fight,’ even though the UFC wanted it.
"Now I feel he’s just been chinned for the world title, I don’t feel I need to do that now. I’ll wait for my title shot.
"I worked hard to get here and that’s just more time to plan.”
Despite looking to hold out for his long awaited and earned shot at the belt, Edwards could be tempted into fighting Masvidal, if the money was right.
He explained: “Let’s just see how it plays out. If they come to me with a good deal and good money, probably. I might think about it.
"But right now my mind is totally focused on the world title shot."
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