Streaking #3 ranked UFC welterweight contender, Leon Edwards has claimed that former two-time title challenger, Jorge Masvidal will throw everything – kitchen sink included, inside the opening three minutes of a round, but will eventually settle into the notion of losing a fight if he can’t finish his foe.
Leon Edwards, the #3 ranked welterweight contender, improved his undefeated run to 10 straight fights back in June of last year, landing a unanimous decision victory over fan-favorite, Nate Diaz over the course of five rounds – in the first limit for a non-title, not-main event in Octagon history at UFC 263.
Off the back of the victory, Edwards was briefly booked to settle his longstanding grudge with Masvidal at UFC 269 back in December, however, just weeks prior to the outing, Masvidal withdrew from proceedings after suffering an undisclosed injury. As a result, the bout was shelved, with Edwards removed from the card entirely.
Leon Edwards had previously accepted multiple offers to fight upcoming UFC 273 feature, Khamzat Chimaev
Returning at UFC 272 last month, American Top Team staple, Masvidal suffered a rather one-sided, comprehensive unanimous decision loss against former teammate, Colby Covington – slumping to his third consecutive loss inside the Octagon.
Commenting on Masvidal’s recent slump, Leon Edwards – who is expected to return at UFC 276 in July in a title rematch of his own against common-foe, Kamaru Usman, claimed that Masvidal accepts defeat if he can’t remove you from the Octagon before the limit.
“(Jorge) Masvidal comes out, he’ll try his best for like, two or three minutes,” Leon Edwards said during a recent interview with ESPN MMA. “If it doesn’t go his way, then he’s gonna settle in for losing and that’s exactly what he did.”
In the time since his loss to Covington, Miami native, Masvidal was arrested and charged with felony counts of aggravated battery and criminal mischief after an alleged physical altercation with Covington outside a Florida restaurant – where the former suffered a fractured tooth, an abrasion to his wrist, and an estimated $15,000 worth of damage to his Rolex watch.
Whilst Edwards and Masvidal are still yet to settle their differences inside the confines of an Octagon, the Team Renagade BJJ & MMA mainstay recently claimed that he would consider offering Masvidal a title tilt should he avenge his 2015 loss to Usman in an expected summer title re-run.
“No, I think our careers – I’m going like this (upward trajectory) and he is going like that (downward trajectory),” Leon Edwards said “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.”