The infamous London brawl behind Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal’s epic UFC grudge match


Fight fans will see one of the most in-demand UFC fights before the end of the year after the UFC confirms British star Leon Edwards will take on welterweight rival Jorge Masvidal on December 11.

ESPN reported that while Masvidal and Edwards have yet to sign their contracts, both teams have received their fighting deals, and UFC Commercial Director Hunter Campbell expects no issues.

The pair are expected to collide at UFC 269 in what will be the penultimate card of the 2021 class, where women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes will defend her title against Julianna Pena.

It is also understood that the UFC is hoping to finalize a fight between lightweight champion Charles Oliveira and Dustin Poirier to head the event.

The MMA community has longed for a date between Masvidal and Edwards since their brawl behind the scenes at a UFC Fight Night event in March 2019:

Masvidal, 36, knocked out Darren Till in front of a London crowd at the O2 Arena and was giving a post-fight interview to Laura Sanko when Edwards, who had beaten Gunnar Nelson earlier that night, interrupted him.

“Gamebred” was not contested as he closed the distance on Edwards, unleashing a quick flurry of punches that left the Birmingham native with a cut under his left eye as chaos erupted.

It was after this exchange that Masvidal coined the term “three coins and a soda,” a reference to the combo he launched against his potential welterweight nemesis.

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Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal are set to meet at UFC 269 in December, nearly three years after their infamous backstage London brawl

The Miami-born brawler took to Twitter Monday night after the fight was confirmed, posting “You’re welcome #supernecessary,” while Edwards simply wrote “Millionaire” with a pair of eye emoji.

Masvidal (36-15) is currently on a two-game losing streak following successive losses to welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

He came in as a late replacement for Gilbert Burns in July 2020 when he made a decision with Usman, but Masvidal then suffered a second round knockout when they met again in April this year.

However, it should be noted that Masvidal has never suffered three consecutive losses in his career, recording two losing streaks twice in the past.

Jorge Masvidal just won back-to-back defeats against Kamaru Usman
Jorge Masvidal just won back-to-back defeats against Kamaru Usman

Edwards (19-3) is on a 10-fight unbeaten streak, winning all but one of those fights, his March meeting against Belal Muhammad ending in a no-contest due to an accidental blow to the eye. .

“Rocky” has been heading for a welterweight crown shot for some time now, but has been hampered by delays, including an almost two-year hiatus between fights due to complications from the global pandemic.

Edwards, 30, was even taken off the welterweight rankings at one point, although he has since been relocated and currently sits third in the pecking order.

Kingston-born Leon Edwards beat Nate Diaz by decision in his last fight
Kingston-born Leon Edwards aptly beat Nate Diaz by decision in his last fight

Victory over Masvidal would bring the Briton closer to setting up his own fixture against Usman, although manager Tim Simpson has suggested his fighter already deserves a shot at the champion: “Despite securing the next title, [Edwards] has always been willing to fight Jorge first, provided the terms are correct.

“We are very happy with the deal and excited to compete in December and then for a world title afterwards.”

The news of a clash between Edwards and Masvidal means Brandon Moreno’s flyweight title defense against Deiveson Figueiredo has been moved to UFC 270 on January 22, 2022.

No official venue has been announced for UFC 269 as it stands, although the welterweight eliminator is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas.

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