Bellator 261’s Simon Biyong: “Jon Jones Is Not Going to Fight” For Christian Edwards

Simon Biyong expected to make his Bellator debut last year, against a big name. It wasn’t to be. “Melvin Manhoef, what can I say. I was disappointed, but at the same time, I remained patient and ready for the next opportunity.”

Biyong isn’t sure what the “real reason” for that fight falling through was. He heard the French boxing commission was involved, perhaps because Manhoef had too much experience in comparison to the 7-1 Biyong, a RIZIN Fighting Federation alum.

The next opportunity has arrived in the form of light heavyweight prospect Christian Edwards, however. It’s a short notice scrap for both men, who were previously booked opposite other fighters.

“I don’t think I had so much time to prepare for Christian Edwards. But at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter, because it’s a fight,” Biyong told Cageside Press during the Bellator 261 media day this week. “It’s two persons, two humans, two athletes who meet each other in the cage, and the better athlete will get the win.”

“I think also for him, it’s short notice. For me, it’s short notice,” the Cameroonian fighter added. “But we have to show up. I’m ready to show up. I’m more than ready.”

Edwards is an unbeaten prospect billed as a training partner of Jon Jones — the next big thing, frankly. That might seem like some extra motivation, and it might be, but Biyong is careful not to buy into the hype.

“Yes,” Biyong replied when asked if Edwards’ billing was added motivation. But, he added, “For me at the end of the day, it’s just a fight. It don’t see in Christian Edwards— Jon Jones is not going to fight for him. At the end of the day, it’s just promotion, it’s just hype. It’s just me and him in the cage, no Jon Jones, no coach.”

“I’m here to test myself first. I’m here to test myself, I’m here to test my skills. I’m here to put myself in the position where I can have a ranked opponent for my second Bellator fight,” Biyong added. “Christian Edwards is in my way, and I can’t allow anybody to get in my way.”

Watch the full Bellator 261 virtual media day scrum with Simon Biyong above. The event takes place this Friday, June 25 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.