Ahead of his expected UFC welterweight title rematch with Kamaru Usman in July, streaking #3 ranked contender, Leon Edwards has claimed that he may offer arch-rival, Jorge Masvidal a shot at the title should he defeat the reigning kingpin.
Edwards, who has yet to officially secure his shot at Usman’s throne, is widely expected to book a UFC 276 title tilt against the Nigerian-born champion on July 2. during International Fight Week – recently receiving the seal of approval on his premier title challenge with the organization from president, Dana White ahead of UFC London earlier this month.
Undefeated in 10 fights since his first matchup with Usman back at UFC Fight Night Orlando in December 2015, Edwards, a staple of Team Renagade BJJ & MMA suffered a unanimous decision loss to the former at the event.
Working his way back to an eventual rematch with the undisputed titleholder, Edwards most recently defeated veteran Stockton fan-favorite, Nate Diaz over the course of five rounds in a main card outing at UFC 263 last June.
In the time since, Leon Edwards was briefly booked to return at UFC 269 in December against two-time title chaser, Masvidal, until the Florida native was forced to withdraw from the bout due to an undisclosed injury.
Leon Edwards was infamously involved in a backstage altercation with Jorge Masvidal in 2019
Speaking candidly on a potential reworked matchup with Masvidal amid their infamous rivalry, Leon Edwards remained coy on standing across from the Miami native in the future, but weighed up the option of a title defense against him in the future should he overcome Usman.
“No, I think our careers – I’m going like this (upward trajectory) and he is going like that (downward trajectory),” Leon Edwards said during an interview with MMA Junkie. “It’s going to be difficult to balance it out if we can ever fight. I might just f*cking win the belt and be like, ‘F*ck it, let’s fight.’ So you never know. We’ll see.”
While Edwards prepares for his expected summer title outing against Usman, the aforenoted, Masvidal recently slumped to a unanimous decision loss against former interim titleholder, Colby Covington earlier this month at UFC 272.
Masvidal was then arrested and formally charged with felony counts of aggravated battery and criminal mischief after he is alleged to have attacked Covington in a separate incident at a Miami Beach restaurant almost three weeks following their professional fight.
Covington formally pressed charges against Masvidal, after he suffered a fractured tooth, an abrasion to his wrist, as well an estimated $15,000 worth of damages to his Rolex watch during the alleged attack.