Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani think Leon Edwards has "two options" if he snubs Belal Muhammad rematch

Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad
Leon Edwards and Belal Muhammad

Following Leon Edwards' controversial return to the UFC over the weekend, Daniel Cormier and Ariel Helwani have claimed there are two remaining options for 'Rocky' if he opts out of a rematch against Belal Muhammad.

Ariel Helwani started by stating that the only two options that make sense for 'Rocky' from here onwards are Covington and Burns.

"If you're not gonna reconsider that, the only two options, Colby, Gilbert Burns. Those are the only options, right? Those are the only options. I don't think we can justify giving him a title shot off this, as much as I'd love. Hey, the guy is unbeaten now in nine fights, win streak eight fights. But really Leon Edwards, let me tell you something, Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal aren't fighting again after they fight in September or so in August. They're not gonna come back in December. So you're gonna wait now a whole year, probably March, right? You can't do that."

Cormier then chimed in with his opinion too, suggesting that a rematch between Leon Edwards and Belal would be a good fight. However, DC also feels that Muhammad will face someone else from the Top 10 after the controversial end to his main event against 'Rocky'.

"Yes, you know, like you said, it would be good to see him fight again with Belal Muhammad. But I think Belal Muhammad is gonna have to fight somebody else in the Top 10. Somebody around 9, 8, in that range. Leon Edwards will be fighting against one of those two guys you just named because then you start to get some clarity in terms of whose next. I believe it'll be him and Colby Covington."

The former UFC heavyweight champion believes Leon Edwards vs. Colby Covington is definitely the fight to make. He concluded by stating that the winner of Edwards vs. Covington should face the victor between Usman and Masvidal.

"That will be the fight that I think will get made because I think if you put Leon and Gilbert Burns together, now Gilbert Burns is fighting against the guy that is on a short-lived for a title fight. If he wins, how do you put Gilbert back in there with Kamaru Usman after what you just saw? So I think you put it with Covington because the winner easily faces Usman-Masvidal winner. No questions asked."

Will Leon Edwards fight Colby Covington next?

Both Leon Edwards and Colby Covington are hoping to get the next shot at the UFC welterweight championship. 'Chaos' has already turned down a fight against Edwards and doesn't seem interested in fighting him at the moment.

Kamaru Usman vs. Jorge Masvidal II seems to be the fight that is likely to be booked from here onwards. HeDC might be spot on with his matchmaking in terms of the welterweight division as well.

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