Leon Edwards Believes Jorge Masvidal Rejected Five Round Bout: I Asked For A Five Round Fight

The #3 ranked UFC welterweight contender, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards has claimed that former two-time title challenger, the #6 ranked, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal rejected the possibility of staging their long-awaited UFC 269 pairing on December 11. over the course of five rounds, rather than three.

Undefeated in his last 10 consecutive Octagon walks, the #3 ranked Edwards finally draws Miami favorite, Masvidal in a December grudge match — with the victor likely inserting themselves into title contention against either reigning champion, Kamaru Usman, or the former interim titleholder, upcoming title challenger, Colby Covington — with the two headlining UFC 268 next month.

Speaking with MMA reporter, Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour this week, Edwards explained how he asked the UFC to sanction the bout to take place over the course of five rounds in December. However, he believes Masvidal rejected that request.

I thought he (Jorge Masvidal) would’ve went running to be fair, you know,” Edwards said. “These last three years, all he did was make excuses. I asked the UFC for a five round fight with him. I think he turned around and said he wanted three rounds, so that’s the reason we’re where we’re at, so three rounds now. Either way, a fight’s a fight, put me in there against him, and we’ll see the outcome, you know.

I believe so, I haven’t fought three rounds for a long time now, Ariel,” Edwards replied when asked if he thought Masvidal rejected a five round fight with him. “My last, what — five fights have been five rounds? I’m looking forward to doing the three (rounds) though, I’ll be able to sprint the three.

The promotion has booked the grudge match between the two as part of the UFC 269 main card, with a pair of championship bouts taking curtain closing status at the December 11. event.

However, despite the bout’s placement on the card, the promotion has so far featured two fights this year which were sanctioned to take place over the course of five rounds, with no title on the line, as well as the fact either bout did not hold headlining honors.

The first of those bouts actually contained the aforenoted, Edwards, who took home a unanimous decision victory over common-foe, Nate Diaz back at UFC 263 in June at the Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

For Masvidal, the American Top Team staple’s most recent Octagon victory came in the form of a third round doctor’s stoppage win over Diaz at UFC 245 in November 2019, in a symbolic BMF championship bout.

The veteran knockout artist has since unsuccessfully challenged for welterweight gold twice, the last of which, in a stunning second round knockout loss to common-opposition, Usman in the main event of UFC 261 back in April.


Ross Markey

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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