Jorge Masvidal Responds To “Hooligan” Leon Edwards’ First Defense Offer

UFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal would be more than happy to serve as Leon Edwards’ first title defense should the Englishman dethrone Kamaru Usman. After building a 10-fight unbeaten streak since his defeat to Usman in 2015, Edwards has earned a second crack at adding the first blemish to the reigning champion’s UFC record, this…

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UFC welterweight star Jorge Masvidal would be more than happy to serve as Leon Edwards’ first title defense should the Englishman dethrone Kamaru Usman.

After building a 10-fight unbeaten streak since his defeat to Usman in 2015, Edwards has earned a second crack at adding the first blemish to the reigning champion’s UFC record, this time with gold on the line.

Earlier this month, it was announced that the pair are set to headline UFC 278, Utah’s first pay-per-view, in Salt Lake City on August 20.

While he’s not overlooking the immense challenge he has ahead of him this summer, Edwards did recently take the time to assess what his future could hold with a victory over “The Nigerian Nightmare.”

And although he’d expect Usman to push for an immediate rematch, “Rocky” did express his desire to offer arch-rival Masvidal the first shot at gold should he emerge from UFC 278 with the welterweight belt.

“When I win the belt, I’ll give him the title shot,” Edwards said during an interview on The MMA Hour. “That’d be a fantastic fight in the UK.”

While appearing on Blockasset’s BLOCKPARTY podcast, Masvidal responded to Edwards’ offer, confirming he’d be more than happy for a re-arranged matchup with the Brit, whom he was touted to face last December before an injury forced “Gamebred” out.

“That’s another intangible thing. Am I gonna say no to fighting for the title? Like, hell no,” said Masvidal. “I’ll get my ass in shape and get ready for this f*ckin’ hooligan, and give it all I’ve got to break his face… It’s a lot of tangibles, a lot of things that could happen. I could be getting myself ready for number 10 of the world and all of a sudden fighting for a world championship.

“Remember, I’m Jorge Masvidal. I’m the same guy who took that world championship fight on six days’ notice in the middle of the corona pandemic, flew all the way across the world to throw down in that fight,” added Masvidal. “I’m gonna go with the best option all the time.”

Masvidal and Edwards have seemed destined for a date in the cage since their backstage altercation at UFC London in 2019. But despite constant back and forth, both on social media and in interviews, as well as a UFC 269 booking, their feud has remained outside the octagon to date.

Perhaps with an upset victory over Usman on August 20, the stars will align for Edwards to finally exact revenge on Masvidal for the “three piece and a soda” he ate at The O2 three years ago.

Would you still like to see Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards settle their score inside the Octagon?

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Leon Edwards On Facing Usman In Utah: “Where The F*ck Is That?”

UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards had to dust off his map when he found out the location for his upcoming title challenge at UFC 278. After a long wait and plenty of callouts, #2-ranked Edwards is set to have his first championship opportunity inside the Octagon on August 20. Since a defeat to Kamaru Usman…

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UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards had to dust off his map when he found out the location for his upcoming title challenge at UFC 278.

After a long wait and plenty of callouts, #2-ranked Edwards is set to have his first championship opportunity inside the Octagon on August 20. Since a defeat to Kamaru Usman in 2015, the Englishman has gone unbeaten in 10 outings, a period that’s included wins against Vicente Luque, Rafael dos Anjos, and Nate Diaz.

With that, he’s earned a second date with the reigning king, this time with the prestigious welterweight gold on the line.

The bout was announced during the UFC 275 broadcast this past Saturday, and with it came confirmation of the event and location, the latter of which perhaps took many by surprise.

For the second time, the UFC will be taking the Octagon to Utah for an event inside Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena. The promotion’s first visit to the state came back in 2016 when current top-five featherweight Yair Rodriguez headlined UFC Fight Night 92 opposite Alex Caceres.

While many were surprised to see the UFC announce a PPV for the state, especially headlined by the welterweight king, Edwards’ reaction was more one of confusion than anything else, as he explained during an appearance on The MMA Hour.

“I ain’t got a clue where Utah is!” Edwards admitted,” with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Where the f*ck is that! I ain’t got a clue where that is. I said to them, ‘Where the f*ck is Utah!’ They’re like, ‘In America.’

“I wanted to do it in Vegas. I was telling everyone — when I’m walking around the street in Birmingham, everywhere I go they’re like, ‘When is the fight? When is the fight?’ I’m like, ‘It’s gonna be in Vegas,’ telling everyone it’s gonna be in Vegas. Now it’s in Utah, I was like, ‘Mate…’”

There had been talk of the UFC potentially capitalizing on the momentum from UFC London earlier this year by bringing a PPV card across the Atlantic. Edwards confirmed that discussions for that had taken place, but explained that the late event time that would have been required wasn’t a possibility at The O2.

“That was mentioned to me as well. They said that they were trying to change The O2 (UFC London on July 23) to a pay-per-view,” confirmed Edwards. “But to do that, you need to have it at like, four in the morning… They couldn’t change The O2 to that time. So, yeah, now here we are.”

Utah is a landlocked state in Western United States, bordered by Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada. It’s the 13th-largest state by area and the 30th most-populated, with over three million residents. The first Europeans to arrive there were the Spanish in the mid-16th century — in case any of Edwards’ fellow Europeans were struggling to put a place to the name.

Who will leave Utah (yes, UTAH) with the welterweight gold, Leon Edwards or Kamaru Usman?

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Leon Edwards On Facing Usman In Utah: “Where The F*ck Is That?”

UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards had to dust off his map when he found out the location for his upcoming title challenge at UFC 278. After a long wait and plenty of callouts, #2-ranked Edwards is set to have his first championship opportunity inside the Octagon on August 20. Since a defeat to Kamaru Usman…

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UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards had to dust off his map when he found out the location for his upcoming title challenge at UFC 278.

After a long wait and plenty of callouts, #2-ranked Edwards is set to have his first championship opportunity inside the Octagon on August 20. Since a defeat to Kamaru Usman in 2015, the Englishman has gone unbeaten in 10 outings, a period that’s included wins against Vicente Luque, Rafael dos Anjos, and Nate Diaz.

With that, he’s earned a second date with the reigning king, this time with the prestigious welterweight gold on the line.

The bout was announced during the UFC 275 broadcast this past Saturday, and with it came confirmation of the event and location, the latter of which perhaps took many by surprise.

For the second time, the UFC will be taking the Octagon to Utah for an event inside Salt Lake City’s Vivint Arena. The promotion’s first visit to the state came back in 2016 when current top-five featherweight Yair Rodriguez headlined UFC Fight Night 92 opposite Alex Caceres.

While many were surprised to see the UFC announce a PPV for the state, especially headlined by the welterweight king, Edwards’ reaction was more one of confusion than anything else, as he explained during an appearance on The MMA Hour.

“I ain’t got a clue where Utah is!” Edwards admitted,” with a laugh. “I thought, ‘Where the f*ck is that! I ain’t got a clue where that is. I said to them, ‘Where the f*ck is Utah!’ They’re like, ‘In America.’

“I wanted to do it in Vegas. I was telling everyone — when I’m walking around the street in Birmingham, everywhere I go they’re like, ‘When is the fight? When is the fight?’ I’m like, ‘It’s gonna be in Vegas,’ telling everyone it’s gonna be in Vegas. Now it’s in Utah, I was like, ‘Mate…’”

There had been talk of the UFC potentially capitalizing on the momentum from UFC London earlier this year by bringing a PPV card across the Atlantic. Edwards confirmed that discussions for that had taken place, but explained that the late event time that would have been required wasn’t a possibility at The O2.

“That was mentioned to me as well. They said that they were trying to change The O2 (UFC London on July 23) to a pay-per-view,” confirmed Edwards. “But to do that, you need to have it at like, four in the morning… They couldn’t change The O2 to that time. So, yeah, now here we are.”

Utah is a landlocked state in Western United States, bordered by Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada. It’s the 13th-largest state by area and the 30th most-populated, with over three million residents. The first Europeans to arrive there were the Spanish in the mid-16th century — in case any of Edwards’ fellow Europeans were struggling to put a place to the name.

Who will leave Utah (yes, UTAH) with the welterweight gold, Leon Edwards or Kamaru Usman?

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Leon Edwards Explains Why Bellator Is A “Weird” Promotion

UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards believes that there’s one element of Bellator MMA that makes the promotion “weird.” While the Edwards family’s focus will now mostly be on Leon and his chance to capture undisputed UFC gold at UFC 278 in August, last month, the attention was on the exploits of Fabian. While Leon has…

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UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards believes that there’s one element of Bellator MMA that makes the promotion “weird.”

While the Edwards family’s focus will now mostly be on Leon and his chance to capture undisputed UFC gold at UFC 278 in August, last month, the attention was on the exploits of Fabian.

While Leon has fought his way towards the top inside the Octagon, Fabian plies his trade in the Bellator cage, where he’s earned the #3 spot in the welterweight rankings. He secured that place by snapping a two-fight skid at Bellator 281.

In front of a home crowd inside London’s OVO Wembley Arena, Fabian Edwards delivered a frightening knockout of MMA legend Lyoto Machida, rocking him with a vicious elbow before sending the former UFC champion to sleep with some grimace-worthy ground-and-pound.

In the celebratory scenes, Leon Edwards rushed into the cage ecstatic at his brother’s performance. And during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, “Rocky” looked back on the stoppage, branding Fabian’s handiwork as “spectacular.”

“You see that finish, you see that finish? Lovely. The elbows!” Edwards said. “The finish was brilliant. He’s one of those fighters, where he needed the win, ’cause he was coming off two losses. So, it was spectacular.”

Fabian Edwards is set for the next test on his road to the title in October when he heads to Italy for Bellator Milan. But while he’s undoubtedly earned a big-name opponent, Leon doesn’t believe it’s guaranteed for his sibling given the “weird” nature of Bellator and its matchmaking.

“He’s fighting October… Milan. There’s a card in Italy… For sure (he’s earned a big name),” said Edwards. “If it was me, though, if I was him, I’m saying to him, get like, two good names, top-15 guys, just to get the momentum back, and then go to a title shot. Because Bellator is weird, it’s like, a mad organization.

“One minute you’re fighting Lyoto Machida, the next minute you’re fighting some guy from the corner shop,” added Edwards with a laugh. “There’s no system to it. It’s a weird promotion. They do fantastic in the UK. It’s good for UK fighters what they’re doing in Bellator.”

While an opponent is yet to be determined, it seems set that Fabian Edwards will enter the cage again before the year is out, this time on foreign soil. With Leon looking ahead to a trip to Utah for his title challenge against Kamaru Usman, it looks likely to be a period full of travel for the Edwards’.

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Edwards Offers Masvidal O2 Title Shot If He Dethrones Usman

UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards is hoping to bring his rivalry with Jorge Masvidal full circle if he can dethrone Kamaru Usman in August. After a long wait, Edwards finally has his first shot at UFC gold booked, something the Englishman and many others believe has been a long time coming. Off the back of…

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UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards is hoping to bring his rivalry with Jorge Masvidal full circle if he can dethrone Kamaru Usman in August.

After a long wait, Edwards finally has his first shot at UFC gold booked, something the Englishman and many others believe has been a long time coming. Off the back of a 10-fight unbeaten streak, Edwards will become the fourth man to attempt to dethrone longtime reigning champ Usman.

Having recovered from hand surgery earlier this year, “The Nigerian Nightmare” will return for his sixth defense at UFC 278, slated to go down in Utah on August 20.

Despite falling short against Usman back in 2015, “Rocky” believes that he’s evolved enough and has developed all the tools required to end the lengthy reign of a man believed by some to be the welterweight GOAT.

With that confidence in mind, Edwards already has his sights set on a post-Usman title defense, and it’s a name that he’s very familiar with.

Edwards Targets Full Circle In Masvidal Rivalry

Edwards has been engaged in a bitter rivalry with former two-time title challenger Masvidal ever since they came to blows backstage at The O2 arena in 2019. After “Gamebred” delivered his now infamous “three piece and a soda,” it was expected that the pair would bring their feud to the cage.

While that was finally set to happen last December at UFC 269, Masvidal was forced out due to injury. And despite the Miami native returning with a loss at the hands of Colby Covington, Edwards still holds hopes of bring a fight with the ‘BMF’ titleholder back together.

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Edwards revealed that the perfect scenario would be for him to win the belt and take it back home for a UK title defense. And what better way to culminate his rivalry with Masvidal than at The O2, where it all began.

“I’ve always said that he doesn’t want to fight me. I’d have loved for that fight to happen (at UFC 269),” said Edwards.

“When I win the belt — I was saying the other day, when I win the belt, I’ll give him the title shot. That’d be a fantastic fight in the UK. We’ll bring it back to The O2, where it happened, for the title. That’s what I wanna do next after this… Imagine.

“When I win, my dream scenario would be to bring it back to London and to headline London. I’ve never had the opportunity to headline London,” added Edwards. “First, I was meant to do it against Tyron Woodley, then that got canceled ’cause of COVID. So, I want to come back home and do it.”

But given Usman’s dominance since 2019, Edwards is realistic. He expects that “The Nigerian Nightmare” would be granted an immediate rematch should he be left title-less following UFC 278.

“I believe that (an immediate Usman rematch) is what will happen as well. But I’d love to have the Masvidal fight,” said Edwards. “I think that’d be great and has a great backstory to it. But I think (Usman trilogy) will happen. I’ll beat him in August and then we’ll probably rematch in like, end of the year, December-ish.”

Should Edwards record consecutive triumphs over Usman, as well as Masvidal rebounding against the likes of Stephen Thompson and Gilbert Burns, the stage could become set for the bitter foes to go toe to toe in England’s capital.

Would you still like to see Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal settle their score inside the Octagon?

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Leon Edwards Labels Jorge Masvidal A “P*ssy” For Pulling Out Of Their Fight

Leon Edwards, Jorge MasvidalLeon Edwards bashed Jorge Masvidal for withdrawing from their scheduled matchup. The second-ranked contender at welterweight is set to finally get his shot at the reigning UFC Pound-for-Pound king Kamaru Usman at UFC 278. Edwards has gone undefeated in his last ten bouts with his most recent win coming over Nate Diaz last June. He […]

Leon Edwards, Jorge Masvidal

Leon Edwards bashed Jorge Masvidal for withdrawing from their scheduled matchup.

The second-ranked contender at welterweight is set to finally get his shot at the reigning UFC Pound-for-Pound king Kamaru Usman at UFC 278. Edwards has gone undefeated in his last ten bouts with his most recent win coming over Nate Diaz last June.

He was scheduled to face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 269 in December 2021 but the fight was canceled after ‘Gamebred’ withdrew due to an injury.

Leon Edwards labels Masvidal a “p*ssy”

In a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Leon Edwards shared his thoughts on Masvidal pulling out of their contest. ‘Rocky’ labeled the Miami-native a “p*ssy” for not going through with the event, and still has a sense of resentment from the infamous ‘3 piece and a soda’ incident.

“I thought, you know p*ssy,” Edwards said. “I had a feeling he’d have done it, you know. I don’t think he wants to fight, and I’ve always said that he doesn’t want to fight me. Lastly, I would’ve loved for that fight to have happened.”

“I’ll give him the title shot, that’d be a fantastic fight in the UK. Bring it back to the O2 where it happened, for the title. That’s the one to do next, that’s the best.”

Edwards expressed his wish to win the title and then defend it in his home country of the UK against Masvidal.

“If that happens in the UK, sure. Like I said my dream scenario would be to bring it back to London and to headline London,” Edwards said. “So I want to come back home and then do it, so yeah.”

Edwards referenced the time Masvidal sucker-punched him in the face at UFC Fight Night in London back in 2019. Following an incredible knockout win over Darren Till, Masvidal got into the backstage brawl with Edwards and their rivalry has only heated since.

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