Surging UFC welterweight contender, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards is currently sitting as a small betting favorite over arch-rival, two-time title challenger, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal ahead of their highly-anticipated showdown at UFC 269 on December 11.
Reports emerged last night detailing how the promotion was finalizing a three round welterweight pairing between the #3 ranked, Edwards and the #6 rated, Masvidal — with the two joining a main card of UFC 269 which features a headliner between Charles Oliveira, and Masvidal’s American Top Team teammate, Dustin Poirier for lightweight gold.
The pairing of Edwards and Masvidal not only brings title implications for the victor, but also a notable backstory.
Back in March of 2019, Edwards took home a unanimous decision victory over Gunnar Nelson at UFC Fight Night London — while Masvidal stopped Edwards’ compatriot, Darren Till in the main event at the O2 Arena with a huge second round knockout.
Post-fight, the two were involved in a verbal exchange backstage whilst Masvidal carried out media obligations with roving reporter, Laura Sanko — before approaching Edwards who was chomping at the bit for a potential welterweight title-eliminator between the two in the summer of that year.
Approaching Edwards and his entourage with his hands clasped behind his back, Masvidal then threw a barrage of punches toward the Team Renagade BJJ & MMA trainee, leaving him with a laceration and bruising beneath his left eye, before security and UFC officials corralled the welterweight duo.
In the time since, the pair have continuously been linked to an official fight, this time inside the Octagon — however, in the almost three years since, the bout had failed to come to fruition until last night when both formally agreed to meet at the promotion’s final flagship event of this annum.
Undefeated in his last 10 consecutive appearances, Edwards, according to SportsBetting.ag is currently sitting as a minor betting favorite over his welterweight counterpart — with odds placing him as a -210 favorite, meaning a bet of $210 would return $100.
As for Miami native, Masvidal, the former title challenger is currently placed as a +180 betting underdog, meaning a wager of $100 would return $180 on the American Top Team staple.
Last featuring against common-foe, Nate Diaz in the first five round non-title, non-main event bout in the history of the UFC, Birmingham technician, Edwards took home a unanimous decision win over the Stockton native at UFC 263 in Glendale, Arizona back in June.
For Masvidal, the talented knockout artist suffered a pair of title challenge defeats to common-foe, reigning division kingpin, Kamaru Usman in his last two Octagon walks — the most recent of which a stunning second round knockout loss at UFC 261 in April. The stoppage loss came as the first time Masvidal had been stopped with strikes since June 2008.
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