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Report – Leon Edwards vs. Jorge Masvidal Added To UFC 269 On December 11.

A high-stakes potential UFC welterweight title-eliminator between the surging, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards, and two-time title challenger, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal is reportedly close to finalization to feature at UFC 269 on December 11. — with a location or venue for the pay-per-view event yet to be determined by the organization.

According to a report from ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto tonight as per UFC Chief Business Officer, Hunter Campbell, the promotion are close to putting the finishing touches on a pairing that would see Edwards and Masvidal feature in a main card slot at UFC 269 on December 11.

Mixed martial arts reporter, Ariel Helwani further reported that as a result, UFC 269 will now feature a championship doubleheader rather than its initially slated tripleheader, with Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo III now expected to land in January, in a flyweight title trilogy bout.

Edwards and Masvidal’s rivalry dates back all the way to UFC Fight Night London back in March of 2019. Featuring in a co-headlining bout that night, Edwards took home a unanimous decision win over Gunnar Nelson, whilst Masvidal stopped former welterweight title challenger, Darren Till with a huge second round knockout round.

Engaging in a post-fight interview post-fight, Masvidal was confronted by Edwards and his entourage, with the latter calling for a further pairing in the summer of that year. Himself confronting the Birmingham native after an exchange of words, the two engaged in a physical altercation, with Masvidal striking Edwards, leaving him with a cut and swelling beneath his left eye.

In the time since, Edwards has extended his undefeated streak to 10 straight fights, most recently besting common-opposition, Nate Diaz in a five round, non-title, non-main event at UFC 263 in June.

For Masvidal, the Floridian is winless in his last two consecutive Octagon walks dropping a pair of losses to common-foe, reigning welterweight titleholder, Kamaru Usman.

In his most recent Octagon walk, Masvidal suffered a brutal second round knockout loss to Usman in the main event of UFC 261 in April

Following his second round knockout win over Till, Masvidal turned in a record-setting five-second flying-knee knockout over the then-undefeated, Ben Askren, before besting the aforenoted, Diaz in a symbolic BMF championship bout in November 2019.

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An MMA fan since 2011 and covering the sport since 2016, Ross Markey has built himself into a top journalist in combat sports.

First catching on to MMA and the UFC in particular back when Brock Lesnar fought Shane Carwin, and even more so when he fought Alistair Overeem back in 2011, Ross really became enchanted with the sport from late-2013-2014 onwards.

He initially began covering MMA in tandem with football back in June 2016 just as he was finishing school. The first real event he covered on his own personal blog was UFC 200 in July of that year during international fight week. His content consisted of previews and event and results recaps. In between jobs, Ross produced content on the side before transitioning to a full-time position back in early 2019.

He initially started creating content on his own blog back in June of 2016, before becoming a staff writer, lead writer, and editor for websites such as MMA Motion, Combat Insiders, Fight Bananas, FightPost, Severe MMA, MMA Power Hour, FightBook MMA, LowKick MMA, and of course, Current MMA.

Back in 2019, Ross received the award Top Journalist of 2019 for FightBook MMA, before he was then promoted to the website's lead writer. Following a six-month period at MMA Power Hour, he was also employed as a junior editor for the company. Throughout his time in the industry, he has interviewed the likes of Colby Covington, Rhys McKee, Pedro Carvalho, Felicia Spencer, Eryk Anders, Jussier Formiga, Danni Neilan, Frans Mlambo, Alex Lohore, Blaine O'Driscoll, Modestas Bukauskas, Ross Houston, Jon Fitch, and Richie Smullen.

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