Edwards, 30, has now won ten straight fights in the UFC – not including his no contest result against Belal Muhammad last March – since losing to the Nigerian Nightmare in 2015.
When asked by TSN‘s Aaron Bronsteter if ‘Rocky’ is next for Usman, White replied: “100 percent [he’s next], yeah.
“That kid’s had a rough run and he deserves it.
“If you look at it, Colby [Covington] lost to him [Usman] twice, Gilbert [Burns] lost, Leon’s next. He’s No. 3.”
White was impressed by Edwards’ willingness to accept a fight with the undefeated Khamzat Chimaev, and also admitted he owed him a bit of an apology.
During a recent appearance on The Jim Rome Podcast, the UFC chief mistakenly claimed the matchmakers have found it difficult trying to find anyone who will share the octagon with the Russian.
However, White has moved to retract those comments – and suggested Edwards was willing to do what no-one else would at the time.
He added: “I wanted to point out too, we were in a matchmaker meeting Tuesday, and I’m always like, ‘Nobody wants to fight him, nobody wants to fight him’.
“Leon Edwards signed the bout agreement to fight him, and I think he was ranked No. 3 at the time, so I just wanted to make that clear publicly that he absolutely stepped up to fight him.
“He signed the bout agreement, then Khamzat got Covid, and that was the end of that.
“I’m bringing it up for a reason because I said that and never gave that kid the credit that he deserved. He said yes to a bout agreement and was ready to roll.”