A major clash of welterweight rivals, Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards is in the works for the end-of-year UFC 269 event on December 11th.
Of course this fight was long in the making, since a now infamous scuffle between the two backstage at UFC Fight Night 147 in London back in 2019, which saw Edwards mouthing off as he walked past ‘Gamebred’, who was in the middle of a live TV interview.
Not taking kindly to the intrusion, Masvidal went after Edwards and unleashed a flurry of strikes before the two were separated, with the fighter later quipping that he had gave him “a three piece and a soda.”
Needless to say there’s been talk of them settling their differences in the Octagon ever since, but it’s only now, well over two years later, that it’s finally coming to fruition.
On the night of the altercation, Masvidal was on a high, having just KO’d Darren Till and that was to be the start of a memorable three-fight run in which he also KO’d Ben Askren with a flying knee in a record-breaking 5 seconds, while then going on to TKO Nate Diaz to win the one-off ‘BMF’ title.
However, while that would lead to him becoming one of the UFC’s biggest draws at the time, it led to him heading into a two-fight series with current 170lb champ Kamaru Usman, and that didn’t work out well for him, being dominated in their original match-up and then KO’d for the first time in his career in the rematch.
As for Edwards, he’s currently on an impressive 10-fight unbeaten run in the Octagon that’s seen him defeat the likes of Donald Cerrone, Gunnar Nelson, Rafael dos Anjos and most recently Nate Diaz.
Despite that, ‘Rocky’ has still come up short in his attempts to secure a title shot, but as the No.3 ranked contender, if he can beat a big name like Masvidal then that could well put him on the path to fighting for the belt at last.
Masvidal vs. Edwards joins a UFC 269 event that will feature a lightweight title showdown between Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier, while two-division champion Amanda Nunes will also be defending her bantamweight belt against Julianna Pena.
However, with the addition of this new high-profile fight, a flyweight trilogy title fight encounter between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo has now been moved to UFC 270 in 2022.