At UFC 263, Leon Edwards scored the biggest victory of his career after knocking out legendary Nate Diaz.
But, is the victory celebrated as the great victory that it really is? Most of the discussion after the event centered on Diaz.
The fan favorite was beaten hard for the vast majority of the fight, but in the last minute he landed a slap from Stockton and then a straight left to put Edwards on skates.
The Briton had the supreme chance to finish the round. Apparently he was knocked out on his feet, but he managed to hold on for the remaining 45 seconds.
As Diaz said after the fight, if this fight was on the street or if there had been another round, Edwards was in a world of trouble.
But, it was not in the street. It was inside the octagon and Edwards scored an impressive 49-46 free kick on a man who once beat Conor McGregor.
The UFC Hall of Fame takes pity on Edwards after organizing such a clinic.
“Leon Edwards, what are you doing ?!” Bisping said on his Believe You Me podcast. “What are you doing? He dominated this fight – don’t get me wrong, Diaz is so tough and he made it so entertaining all the time, every time he was messing around, had his back to him, and all the antics and talked to him.
“Diaz is so tough and he makes every fight exciting. That’s why he has so many fans but Edwards was dominating this fight and it was almost like he couldn’t do anything wrong.
“When they picked up, he shot him with authority, beat him to the ground, opened him with those crazy elbows, kicked him in the leg…. But then he doesn’t care in the fifth round and is almost knocked out.
“It’s not the worst for Leon Edwards, because obviously the worst case scenario would be if he was knocked out or lost the fight, but Leon had to come out and beat Nate Diaz, take all of his fans and then become a name focus in mixed martial arts.
“Unfortunately, now the narrative is no longer about the four and a half rounds of extreme domination Leon Edwards gave him…. but the tale now is that if there had been one more turn, Nate would have knocked him out.
“If it had been in the street Leon would have been screwed. Now the story is “Can’t wait to see Nate Diaz”. Yeah, Leon went over there and beat him up but they’re all talking about Nate Diaz.
Edwards hasn’t been having much luck lately. He towered over Belal Muhammad before an accidental glance forced a no-contest and his fights with Khamzat Shimaev failed three times.
Despite being undefeated in 10 fights with nine wins, Edwards also doesn’t seem to get a title shot with Colby Covington appearing to be next.
“It’s so Leon Edwards,” Bisping said. “I feel for the guy. He’s just sort of – it’s not bad luck. You can’t call in there and beat Nate Diaz by a dominant decision, 49-46, it’s not bad luck.
“It’s a good evening at the office. It is! It’s so Leon Edwards, it’s unfair! The guy is on a 10 fight unbeaten streak, he has all the momentum, he beat some great fighters and he just beat Nate Diaz but in the end people are talking about Nate Diaz and how tough he is. .
“He needs a finish. It must have a finish. And I can’t say that, I had a lot of decisions. I’m not saying this from a negative point of view, but it would have silenced a lot of people. It would be a very different discussion right now if he had finished Nate Diaz.
“I feel fair for him because it’s almost unfair, what you don’t say in combat sport. Everyone’s talking about Diaz and how tough he is and the rest and they’re not talking about Leon kicking him four and a half laps!