Streaking #3 ranked UFC welterweight contender, Leon ‘Rocky’ Edwards has claimed that whenever former two-time title challenger, Jorge ‘Gamebred’ Masvidal competes — he is likely going to lose. And claims he always knew the Miami native was just a “journeyman“.
Edwards, who was slated to make his third Octagon appearance this year in a bid to finally secure a well-overdue title rematch of his own against reigning kingpin, Kamaru Usman, was booked to score a main card bout with rival, Masvidal at UFC 269 on December 11. next. However, reports emerged last week confirming that the pairing had been canceled after Masvidal had suffered an undisclosed injury in the run-up to the bout.
As a result, Edwards has been removed from the entire UFC 269 card — with the scheduled welterweight matchup of Santiago Ponzinibbio and Geoff Neal subsequently moved to the main card portion of the pay-per-view event. The likes of Gilbert Burns, Khamzat Chimaev, and event past-foe, Belal Muhammad all offered to meet with Edwards on short notice. However, the Birmingham-based contender maintained he would be attempting to score a championship challenge opposite Usman next instead.
Speaking with ESPN MMA reporter, Brett Okamoto, Team Renegade BJJ & MMA reporter, Edwards maintained that his would-be opponent, Masvidal was a “fake” and believed he was always just a “journeyman” in the organization.
“I always felt he [Jorge Masvidal] was a fake, I knew this going into the fight that he’s a fake,” Edwards said. “He had like a good year, year and a half that he had — the [Darren] Till knockout, the Ben Askren knockout, and that kind of propelled him. But apart from that, he’s nothing but a journeyman.“
“Every time he fights more than likely he’s probably gonna lose,” Edwards continued. “My opinion hasn’t changed much. I knew what I knew and now the fans are getting to see it. Now it’s clear as day that he’s not who he pretends to be.”
With Masvidal out, many have since linked the Floridian veteran to an eventual Octagon return against former interim welterweight titleholder, Colby Covington — potentially in the upcoming The Ultimate Fighter season, with the pair, of course, former friends and teammates at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida.
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