Leon Edwards Says Jorge Masvidal ‘Fumbled The Bag’ In Loss To Gilbert Burns

Leon Edwards says he was ready to give Jorge Masvidal a shot at the belt but he "fumbled the bag" at UFC 287.

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Leon Edwards was ready to give Jorge Masvidal a title shot but in his eyes, he blew it. 

UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards is not too excited about his next possible matchup. He is fresh off of his first title defense over Kamaru Usman at UFC 287 in London, England in front of his hometown crowd. Immediately following the event UFC president Dana White announced that contender Colby Covington would be next for Edwards. The champ had someone else in mind, however.  

For years now there has been some bad blood between Edwards and Jorge Masvidal. Their beef began back in 2019 when the pair were involved in an altercation backstage at a UFC London event. Following that, a fight was scheduled between the two however it never came to fruition. Edwards later went on to fight for the title and become champion but never lost sight of the feud between himself and Masvidal. 

Leon Edwards was ready to give Jorge Masvidal a title shot if he was able to get past Gilbert Burns at UFC 287

Edwards has been keeping an eye on Masvidal since becoming champion. Masvidal has been calling for a title shot and it seemed as if Edwards was ready to give him one if he could have defeated Gilbert Burns at UFC 287. Unfortunately for Masvidal, he lost that fight via unanimous decision and ultimately retired from MMA. Edwards is now reflecting on this turn of events in a conversation with MMA on SiriusXM.

“I feel like that was a fight to make, it was time to make it as well,” he said. “I’m the champion, I was gonna give him a shot at even though he didn’t deserve is just for the bad blood it was just for I don’t like him. It would have been a great fighter for the UK fans and for the world. But like I said he fumbled the bag once again. Went out there and didn’t look good at all. Gilbert got a victory and now here we are he is retiring so that fight will  probably never happen now.”

It seems as though now Edwards will move forward with his proposed bout against Colby Covington. That fight was rumored to be happening this summer as the UFC returns to London in July however Edwards has a new plan now. He would like to take the summer off to heal up from various injuries and fight again in October in Abu Dhabi whether Covington wants to wait or not.

Published on April 14, 2023 at 10:18 am
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