Soon, more information about the third match between Kamaru Usman and Leon Edwards is expected to be released, with Ali Abdelaziz recently stating that Usman is next in line for a title match. There were rumors that Masvidal would challenge for the title due to Usman's injury, but it appears that will not be the case.
In the second fight against Edwards, Usman was the superior fighter until the moment of the knockout, but a moment of carelessness combined with Edwards' masterful move led to his loss of the belt. Given Usman's reputation and dominance, a third match is the most likely scenario.
Gilbert Burns, meanwhile, disagrees with Usman's role as the favorite that many have attributed to him for the third match.
Burns Gives Edge to Edwards
“I give a little more edge to Leon just because the way he won,” Burns told MMA Junkie Radio.
“And being at home with no elevation, not like in Salt Lake City with that elevation, yeah, I give a little bit more edge. Very close fight, but I give a little bit more edge to Leon”. “I don’t know who will be the champion (at the end of 2023),” Burns said.
“We’ll see what they do with Khamzat. I’m right there. Belal (Muhammad) is right there, and we don’t know what’s going on with Colby (Covington). “That’s a good question. I don’t know who’s going to be champion.
That’s one thing I can’t control. To be honest, for sure I want to know, but I don’t really care. I want to be ready. If that fight happens or not, if these guys fight or not, I don’t care. I’ll be ready.
I’ll keep fighting and winning and whenever that’s established, I’ll earn myself another title shot”. In the meantime, Burns will be facing off against Neil Magny at the UFC 283 event in Brazil this month. We just hope that the ongoing riots in Brazil will not affect the event.