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Edwards open to Makhachev fight, but says we 'both got work to do'

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UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards believes he and lightweight champ Islam Makhachev both have more to accomplish before they can entertain a "massive" superfight.

"I welcome it," Edwards said of a potential bout with Makhachev on the "Sky Sports MMA Club Podcast" earlier this week. "I think we've both got work to do within our division. Let's settle both, go on this (long) reign, and then why not?"

Makhachev, the No. 1-ranked pound-for-pound fighter in the UFC, is coming off his third consecutive 155-pound title defense in the main event of UFC 302 last weekend. He defeated longtime contender Dustin Poirier by fifth-round submission.

After the victory, Makhachev reiterated his desire to move up to 170 pounds and challenge for a second belt.

Edwards, meanwhile, is scheduled to defend his welterweight strap for the third time in a rematch with Belal Muhammad at UFC 304 on July 27 in Manchester, England.

"I feel like (Makhachev has) got a few more lightweights he has to go through first before even thinking about moving up," Edwards said. "But like I said, if we both go on this (long) reign, then why not? Let it run in the future. We're both similar ages. Thirty-two years old. So what a time to get it done for sure."

Edwards, who lives in Birmingham, England, added that his main goal is to eventually move up to the middleweight division and become a two-division champion himself.

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