Jorge Masvidal vs Gilbert Burns booked for UFC 287

jorge masvidalWe finally have the return of Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal on tap nearly 11 months out from his defeat to Colby Covington at UFC 272, as he’s expected to face fellow former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 287. UFC 287 is to go down on April 8, 2023, live from a to-be-determined venue in Miami, […]

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We finally have the return of Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal on tap nearly 11 months out from his defeat to Colby Covington at UFC 272, as he’s expected to face fellow former title challenger Gilbert Burns at UFC 287.

UFC 287 is to go down on April 8, 2023, live from a to-be-determined venue in Miami, Florida.

Jorge Masvidal has dealt with a layoff as of late, most likely due to his arrest for attacking Covington in a public area about a week after their fight. That said, he wasn’t exactly doing the best prior to his absence, losing his last three-straight to former champion Kamaru Usman in back-to-back title fights, and then Covington.

Before that however, Masvidal was on perhaps the hottest three-fight win streak we’d ever seen out of any fighter.

It began with him returning from another long layoff, this one 16 months, when he faced Darren Till at UFC FN 147. Masvidal was a massive underdog on a two-fight losing skid going into this fight, but the result would shock everyone as he brutally KO’d Till in round two, in front of Till’s home crowd no less.

Masvidal followed this up by becoming the first man to ever defeat Ben Askren, a former multi-time Bellator & ONE welterweight champion, before stopping Nate Diaz in his third and final bout of 2019.

Till was 17-1-1 going into their fight, coming off his title shot to then champion Tyron Woodley; Askren was 19-0, and he became just the second man to ever finish Nate Diaz via some form of knockout, though of course it was a doctor stoppage.

That brings us to his three-fight skid, and to where he really needs a win at UFC 287 to stay relevant in his division.

Gilbert Burns on the other hand has gone 2-2 over his last four following victory over former champion Tyron Woodley himself. That streak begins with a defeat to Kamaru Usman in his title shot, before he’d defeat former title challenger in Stephen Thompson via unanimous decision.

Burns would then lose a unanimous decision to Khamzat Chimaev, a fight that could have went either way, becoming the first man to ever take the Chechen the distance, and he most recently submitted the winningest fighter in UFC welterweight history Neil Magny with an arm-triangle choke in round one this past weekend at UFC 283.

This is going to be a good one! A fight many of us have wanted for some time now.

Does Jorge Masvidal get back to his winning ways, or does Gilbert Burns keep his top five spot in the rankings?

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Leon Edwards still wants fight with UFC rival Jorge Masvidal ‘On the street’ or in the Octagon

leon edwardsReigning UFC welterweight champion, Leon Edwards, still wants to settle his ongoing feud with Jorge Masvidal, whether it be in the Octagon or not. Edwards’ and Masvidal’s careers became intertwined on the night of March 16, 2019, where the two earned respective wins as part of a UFC London card. The pair would exchange a […]

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Reigning UFC welterweight champion, Leon Edwards, still wants to settle his ongoing feud with Jorge Masvidal, whether it be in the Octagon or not.

Edwards’ and Masvidal’s careers became intertwined on the night of March 16, 2019, where the two earned respective wins as part of a UFC London card. The pair would exchange a seemingly harmless back-and-forth backstage, with Edwards attempting to set up a potential showdown.

Then, arms crossed behind his back, Masvidal would approach Edwards before punching him several times as he drew closer, cutting Edwards open. This of course would be the incident for Masvidal’s ‘three-piece and a soda’ line, which further added to the American’s star power.

Leon Edwards wants revenge

The incident of course led to Edwards receiving a wave of criticism and jokes being directed at him, with it doing nothing for his reputation. Now though, as champion, Edwards calls the shots and nearing four years on, still wants to get payback.

Talking to talkSPORT, Edwards described the fight as one that has to happen and in an ideal world, would be facing Masvidal on the March 26 date, pushing the Usman bout back

That’s a fight that I need to happen and has to happen, even on the street or in the Octagon”, said Edwards.

That’s a fight I feel needs to happen. Not just for me, but for the fans to see the difference in skillset and everything.”

You know, he’s coming off a three-fight losing streak,” ‘Rocky’ continued. “It’s difficult to [make that] fight. I would have loved him to have a fight in December or something, get a good, top-five win. Then I [would have] fought him in March. I would have pushed Usman back to the summer and fought him in March.”

Leon Edwards talking to talkSPORT

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Leon Edwards roots for rival Jorge Masvidal to set up UFC title fight with win: ‘He just keeps losing’

Leon Edwards UFC Jorge Masvidal UFC 286Reigning UFC welterweight champion, Leon Edwards may have a trilogy title rubber match against former champion, Kamaru Usman awaiting him at UFC 286 on March 18., however, ahead of his homecoming, he has urged arch-rival, Jorge Masvidal to once more score a victory to set up the pair’s grudge match.  Edwards, the current undisputed welterweight […]

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Reigning UFC welterweight champion, Leon Edwards may have a trilogy title rubber match against former champion, Kamaru Usman awaiting him at UFC 286 on March 18., however, ahead of his homecoming, he has urged arch-rival, Jorge Masvidal to once more score a victory to set up the pair’s grudge match. 

Edwards, the current undisputed welterweight champion, is slated to headline UFC 286 on March 18. against two-time foe, Usman at The O2 Arena in London – attempting to secure his first successful defense of 170lbs gold.

The Birmingham native managed to avenge his defeat to Usman back in 2015 with a stunning, fifth round high-kick KO back in August of last year, handing the Auchi native his first promotional loss, knocking him from the pound-for-pound number one perch, and minting himself as the welterweight champion.

Leon Edwards chomps at bit for Jorge Masvidal grudge match

However, ahead of their rubber clash in two months’ time, Edwards has sights on eventually settling his score with Miami veteran, Masvidal for undisputed gold, having shared a rivalry with the latter since an infamous backstage brawl in 2019 post-UFC London.

I don’t like him (Jorge Masvidal) that much, but I’m rooting for him to win so I can fight him,” Leon Edwards told Michael Bisping on the Believe You Me podcast. “He just keeps losing so it’s hard to make the fight make sense. I even said if he went out there and fought in like December, January – (fight) Gilbert (Burns) or somebody, beat one of them, then I’ll fight you in March.

Then (Kamaru) Usman in the summer or something, let him rest his hands a bit I’ll fight you in March, but he didn’t even do that,” Leon Edwards explained. “We’ll see. Skillset-wise, it’s two different levels. His career is doing that, mine’s doing this. It’s hard to make the fight make sense right now. But that’s a fight I need to happen and want to happen.” 

In the midst of a three-fight losing run which includes back-to-back title challenge losses to common-foe, Usman – the latter of which in a brutal one-punch KO loss, Masvidal has yet to return to active competition since dropping a unanimous decision loss to rival, Colby Covington back in March of last year.

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New body cam footage following Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington Papi Steakhouse incident has been released

jorge masvidalNew bodycam footage of the incident involving UFC welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington has been released. Following their UFC 272 bout in March of last year, the feud between Masvidal and Covington would spill onto the street. While eating at a restaurant with YouTube stars, the Nelk Boys, Covington was attacked by Masvidal, allegedly […]

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New bodycam footage of the incident involving UFC welterweights Jorge Masvidal and Colby Covington has been released.

Following their UFC 272 bout in March of last year, the feud between Masvidal and Covington would spill onto the street. While eating at a restaurant with YouTube stars, the Nelk Boys, Covington was attacked by Masvidal, allegedly causing a fractured tooth and damage to his Rolex watch.

Following the incident, Masvidal would hand himself into the police, a video of which was also recently released. The 38-year-old would plead not guilty to the charges of aggravated battery and criminal mischief, while also being ordered to stay it least 500 feet away from Covington’s home, 25 feet from his person, and was not allowed direct or indirect contact with him.

New angle following Jorge Masvidal attack

Body cam footage, released by YouTube Channel ‘Real World Police’, shows us the moments after police arrive at the scene. Officers can be seen talking to Covington and social media influencer, Bob Menery.

Covington would describe Masvidal, accompanied by ‘three to four’ men, wearing a mask while attacking him, most likely to conceal his identity. The 34-year-old described Masvidal as saying “you shouldn’t have been talking about my kids” during the attack.

Footage following alleged Jorge Masvidal attack

Neither fighter has competed since their fight, which Covington would win via a dominant decision. The pair have also been rather quiet on social media, particularly Covington, and neither has spoken extensively about the incident.

Covington, who is currently ranked No.2, has been tipped to take on the fearsome Khamzat Chimaev in what would be a No.1 contenders’ matchup.

As for Masvidal, he had been rumored to be facing Gilbert Burns but that matchup ultimately fell through. The ‘BMF’ champ has fallen considerably from his breakout year in 2019 and now finds himself ranked No.11

What consequences, if any, should Jorge Masvidal face for the Covington incident?

Watch: Bodycam Footage Of Police Response To Covington/Masvidal Incident

New footage of the aftermath of the Colby Covington/Jorge Masvidal Miami Beach incident has been made available to the public. Just weeks after their UFC 272 clash, Masvidal allegedly assaulted Covington outside of a Miami-area restaurant, Papi Steak H…

New footage of the aftermath of the Colby Covington/Jorge Masvidal Miami Beach incident has been made available to the public. Just weeks after their UFC 272 clash, Masvidal allegedly assaulted Covington outside of a Miami-area restaurant, Papi Steak House. Covington suffered numerous injuries as a result of the attack, including broken teeth. Masvidal has pleaded…

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