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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