Bellator London: Fabian Edwards wants Gegard Mousasi showdown in 2020


Edwards is expecting another win this weekend and a massive 2020 (Picture: Bellator)

Fabian Edwards has already mapped out his 2020 ahead of his domestic showdown with Mike Shipman at Bellator London.

The Saturday night co-main event will be Edwards’ toughest fight of his career to date and, according to the 8-0 middleweight, Bellator were considering putting him at the top of the card before Michael Venom Page became the headliner.

Shipman is a formidable opponent, but Edwards has already set his sights on bigger fish.

‘I’ve put down my plan. It’s Shipman and then Costello Van Steenis,’ a supremely confident Edwards told Metro.co.uk.

Shipman comes into his fight with Edwards on a loss (Picture: Bellator)

‘Then it’s the likes of Gegard Mousasi and Rafael Lovato Jr. I want those names. After this UK fight, who else is there at middleweight? Once I beat Van Steenis, who else?’

‘I like the Gegard fight more than Lovato Jr,’ Edwards added, despite the fact Lovato Jr is the reigning champion.

‘He’s a legend of the sport and he’s been around a long time. That’s a fight everyone will think I’ll lose.

‘That’s a fight to me. People will doubt me. People are doubting me for this weekend and those are the fights I like. Those fights get me up early.’

A team-mate of MVP, Shipman is aiming to bounce back from his loss to Costello Van Steenis at Bellator’s last London fight night.

Edwards has dubbed Shipman ‘Sh**man’ since their fight was announced and dismissed the idea his British rival was a step up in opponent.

‘I don’t think it’s a step up for me. Record-wise, yeah it’s okay. He’s only lost two fights. Step up in terms of skill-wise, it isn’t,’ he insisted.

There’s bad blood between Edwards and Shipman (Picture: Bellator)

‘He’ll be Sh**man. He’ll be the same Sh**man he was five years ago. I watched a fight of his five years and he’s the same fighter.’

‘I think it’ll be a second-round stoppage,’ Edwards predicted.

‘He’ll come out fast and so will I. But I’ll do my thing, control the range. This time there’ll be a lot more shots thrown from me.

‘I think when we engage, he’ll get more tired than me. His gas tank will suffer and that’s why I think I’ll put him away midway through the second round.’

With a showdown with former champion Mousasi on his checklist for 2020, Edwards is also planning to fight for the belt before the end of next year.

Bellator has had just one British champion, Liam McGeary, and Edwards plans to join that elite club.

‘It’s all about being the champ,’ he said.

Bellator has had just one British champion (Picture: Bellator)

‘When I wake up in the morning at 5am or when I’m running at midnight I’m not thinking about money.

‘I’m not thinking about getting paid. Once you’re successful, money will come. I’m not thinking about money, I’m thinking about the belt.

‘I believe by the end of next year that’ll be brought back to Birmingham.’

Bellator London takes place on Saturday Nov 23 from the SSE Arena in Wembley. Tickets to the event are on sale now and can be purchased via Ticketmaster. For more information visit Bellator.com

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