More than three years after Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards infamous backstage scuffle at UFC: London there’s still no love lost between the two welterweight stars, but they’ve yet to step into the Octagon together to settle their differences.
For a long time it was Edwards who was calling for the fight as he looked to get revenge for the punches Masvidal landed during that brief behind-the-scenes clash, but Masvidal proved elusive as he capitalized on his rising star power to take on high profile title fights opportunities instead.
However, the tables have now turned since Edwards delivered a massive fight-round KO upset of long-time champion Kamaru Usman earlier this year and so it’s now ‘Gamebred’ who is calling for the fight.
“Leon, f****** step up to the plate, bro,” Masvidal said regarding Edwards during an interview with mmafighting.com. “You begged and cried and did all this bulls*** before when I was fighting for the titles. Now you got the belt, let’s go.”
However, now that Edwards has the belt around his waist he’s not in a rush to accept that call-out.
“Refer to me as ‘Mr. Edwards’ or ‘Sir’ and get on your knees and beg and I may consider it,” Edwards responded.
“I’ve never gotten on my knees and begged anyone for anything. If your lifestyle is to get on your knees for stuff that’s on you, I’m not judging,” Masvidal replied. “Accept the fight, get this payday, get your rematch and get your face broken at the same time. It’s a no brainer dummy #itoldyou.”
Edwards is currently expected to head into a rematch with Kamaru Usman next, but in a recent interview he did acknowledge that he liked the idea of fighting Masvidal if the circumstances were right.
“He is on my list, but I think right now Jorge is on a two, three-fight losing streak. He needs to go out there and get some wins and make the fight make sense,” Edwards said on The Jim Rome Show. “That’s a fight I think would be massive for the UFC and to get my revenge on him, I cannot wait.”