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Leon Edwards Claims ‘Fraud’ Jorge Masvidal Is ‘Nothing But A Journeyman’ Following Canceled UFC 269 Clash

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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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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  1. […] Reports emerged last week detailing that Masvidal had been forced to withdraw from his UFC 269 grudge match against Birmingham native, Edwards next month on December 11. due to an undisclosed injury. And as a result, the pairing had been shelved with Edwards removed from the card entirely. […]

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