- Daniel Cormier weighed in on Leon Edwards’ first potential title challenger
- DC thinks Jorge Masvidal doesn’t deserve a title fight with “Rocky”
The smoke has now settled after Leon Edwards shocked the MMA community by knocking out Kamaru Usman to claim the UFC welterweight title. The now former champ has immediately voiced his desire to rematch “Rocky” in a trilogy fight.
However, there are also other top guys in the division that present a strong argument for competing for the title. According to former champ-champ Daniel Cormier, Jorge Masvidal shouldn’t be one of them.
Speaking on his podcast “DC & RC,” Cormier implied that Masvidal never respected Edwards’ stature “when he was the man.” Now that “Rocky” is the king of the 170-pound division, he should ignore “Gamebred.”
“Bro, don’t fight him [Masvidal] because for two years – when he was the man, he could not say your name,” Cormier explained. “ All of a sudden he’s like ‘if you become the champ’… he should not fight Jorge Masvidal. He literally should just big league him and not even say his name.”
Make him pay
DC also brought up Edwards and Masvidal’s infamous backstage altercation at UFC Fight Night 147. For Cormier, when a guy pulled off a cheap shot the way “Gamebred” did on Edwards, it’s only right that they fight. However, DC thinks Masvidal clearly thought “Rocky” didn’t deserve it then.
Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards exchange words and punches backstage during the ESPN+ post-show pic.twitter.com/kYEkWxN8Io
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 16, 2019
“Why would you do that when a guy snuck you backstage but then never fought you? Then, all of a sudden, you’re the man and he wants to fight you,” he pointed out.
As things stand, it appears that an Edwards vs. Usman 3 is likely to happen. However, UFC boss Dana White and his team would have to deliberate on it. Until then, let’s see who else is going to call out the new welterweight champion in the coming days.