Leon Edwards can’t move on from his 2019 backstage altercation with Jorge Masvidal.
Reigning welterweight champion Edwards is coming off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the promotion against former champion Kamaru Usman in Aug. at UFC 278. Edwards knocked out Usman with a vicious kick to the head in the last minute of the outing to become only the second British UFC titleholder, the first being former middleweight king Michael Bisping.
Leon Edwards can’t let go of his beef with Jorge Masvidal
Edwards shares a longtime rivalry with Masvidal that dates back to a backstage incident at UFC Fight Night 147 in 2019. Masvidal infamously got into an alleged physical altercation with ‘Rocky’ and handed him a ‘three-piece and a soda.’
In a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club, Leon Edwards talked about his dispute with Masvidal and his unwillingness to move on from what happened.
“I can’t let it go,” Edwards said (ht MMA Junkie). “It’s not let go, and this happened three years go. Yeah, it’s not let go, and I have to get it back in the octagon or in the street. It has to be got back.”
“I don’t like him,” Edwards said. “We had a scuffle backstage. That was in London, as well, my hometown, but they took him, moved him, hid him, and fled him out of my country.”
Edwards says he’s cool with everyone else but Masvidal
‘Rocky’ further shared that he had no animosity towards anyone outside of the octagon with the sole exception to the rule being Masvidal.
“I haven’t seen him since. That was three years ago. Apart from that, everyone else, it’s an easy fight. Backstage is all, ‘Good luck in your life, your family and your career.’ It’s all love.”
Masvidal has been rallying for a shot at the new champion but needs to get back in the winning column after dropping three in a row. Edwards will likely take on Usman in an immediate title rematch sometime in March on UFC’s next UK card.