When UFC welterweight champion Leon “Rocky” Edwards asked American social media personality Nina-Marie Daniele, who has been interviewing UFC athletes since 2022, an unexpected question, the MMA community was left in stitches.
Edwards, a Jamaican-born UK resident, caused a stir of laughter in the mixed martial arts community when he posed this question.
His unexpected relationship with Daniele, who has made a name for herself in the mixed martial arts community, gave the usually somber realm of professional fighting a fun twist.
A humorous twist was added when several joked that ‘Rocky’s’ strange query might be a representation of socially uncomfortable fans.
Some fans also brought up Edwards’ feud with Palestinian-born UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad. They mockingly implied that if Daniele had brought up her Arab ancestry, Edwards might have left the interview.
This lighthearted repartee brought attention to the strained interaction between Edwards and Muhammad, adding levity to the situation while acknowledging the delicate nature of nationalities in their contest.
One fan tweeted; “Bro got shook, was making sure she wasn’t one of @bullyb170 spys” an article from sportskeeda.com shared.
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Leon Edwards successfully defended his UFC welterweight title at UFC 296 on December 16, 2023, defeating Colby Covington via unanimous decision.
Belal Muhammad also referred to as “Remember the Name,” called Edwards and Covington “b*ms” at Ringside and didn’t hold back. Muhammad’s sharp response heightens the tension in the welterweight category and feeds their long-running rivalry.
In the high-stakes world of UFC, viewers will continue to be enthralled with this rivalry because of Edwards’ domination and Muhammad’s direct comments.
Tensions remained high after Leon Edwards’ eye poke during their welterweight match in March 2021 resulted in a no-contest. In August 2022, Edwards went on to win the welterweight championship, and Muhammad advanced through the ranks.
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