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Canberra MMA fighter Ben Edwards could sign with Russia's Fight Nights Global

10 March 2018 5:52 AM
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"The Guvner" says Ben Sosoli doesn't want a bar of him - so Edwards hopes Turner pulls up okay so they can meet in the octagon at a Brace MMA event in Canberra on May 5.

If Edwards can beat three of the top four Australian heavyweights and the fourth won't fight him, he hopes the UFC come knocking.

If that's not enough, the 33-year-old is off to Russia to ink a deal with Fight Nights Global.

"[Fight Nights Global] wanted to lock me in for four fights over 18 months, and I asked them if they'd be able to do me a two-fight deal and then we'd be able to renegotiate my contract after that," Edwards said.

"They said yes they can. I've beaten two of the top four guys in Australia. The other two guys in the top four, excluding me, they're fighting this weekend.

"If Mike Turner wins and he pulls up alright, I'm fighting him in Canberra [on May 5]. If he wins and doesn't pull up okay and isn't going to be good for Canberra, I'm probably going to sign with Russia.

"If he loses I'm probably going to sign with Russia, just for two fights.

"The UFC is still the goal. If I can beat Mike Turner I've beaten three of the top four in Australia, give me a chance.

"If I can't fight him and the other guy won't fight me, I don't want to be fighting guys ranked fifth, sixth, seventh, even lower. It feels like a step backwards for me, so if that happens I'll be going to Russia.

"If not, hopefully I can still fight Turner in Canberra and then we can approach the UFC again. If I beat Turner and I beat him convincingly, like I knock him out, I'll do a full social media barrage to the UFC.

Edwards (2-0) was set to face Kym Robinson for the Brace heavyweight championship at the AIS Arena on March 3, with Edwards' best mate Duke Didier scheduled to defend his light heavyweight title.


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