Despite his coach’s comments, welterweight champion Leon Edwards says he’s willing to rematch Belal Muhammad.

Edwards’ throne mentor Dave Lovell told The MMA Hour that he prefers Gilbert Burns next, who lost to Muhammad in his most recent tour at UFC 288. Muhammad and Edwards fought in March 2021, but their tour was ruled a no races without Edwards unwittingly poked Muhammad in the eye and rendered him unable to continue.

Lovell’s comments worsted Muhammad (23-3 MMA, 14-3 UFC), who accused Edwards of stuff scared.

“Leon’s opinion doesn’t matter.. his mentor doesn’t matter ..the only person I superintendency well-nigh is Dana and he gave me his word.. that’s all that matters … we’re next and the fact that they’re showing fear only gives me increasingly conviction should be afraid.”

Edwards (22-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC) retained his welterweight title in a unanimous visualization win over Colby Covington this past Saturday at UFC 296. Muhammad weighed in as a replacement for that fight.

At the post-fight news conference, Edwards appeared dismissive of the idea of running things when with Muhammad, but is hinting that it’s the UFC that isn’t interested.

“Lol Belal wifely lanugo son you’re the least intimidating person in the organisation. I once told UFC I don’t mind I’ll fight you next that’s easy work. You just have to icon out why they hate you so much.”

Muhammad was supposed the No. 1 contender without defeating Burns in May. But despite that, UFC CEO Dana White didn’t commit to Muhammad stuff next without UFC 296.

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