‘Scared to Say My Name’- Leon Edwards Ready to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC Return

Published 08/20/2021, 7:48 AM EDT
SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE – APRIL 25: Leon Edwards speaks during the UFC Fight Night Singapore: On-sale press conference at the Mandarin Oriental on April 25, 2018 in Singapore. UFC Fight Night Singapore will take place on June 23. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight elites, Leon Edwards and Jorge Masvidal’s rivalry, turned into an intensely personal one after they clashed in a backstage brawl in March 2019 in London’s O2 Arena. The arena hosted UFC Fight Night: Till vs Masvidal, where Masvidal knocked out Darren Till, and Edwards won a split decision over Gunnar Nelson.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica reacts after defeating Rafael Dos Anjos of Brazil by unanimous decision in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at AT&T Center on July 20, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

At the event, Masvidal, who was giving a backstage interview to ESPN’s Laura Sanko, confronted Leon Edwards. The latter apparently said something that made Masvidal approach him in between the interview. Later, as things got heated, the two men threw fists at each other. This gave birth to the now-famous ‘3 pieces and a soda’ boxing combo.

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Masvidal, who last fought Kamaru Usman for the welterweight gold, is looking to get back into the title picture. In a recent interview given to BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani, the BMF champ proclaimed, “Get me the fight that gets me the fastest and closest to the title shot. Who is the highest-ranked, most dangerous fight? Tell me who it is and put a price on their head.”

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In a response to the man with whom he has a score to settle, Edwards took to Twitter and invited him for a fight. He also mocked ‘Gamebred’ and wrote, “You know who it is. Scared to say my name.”

Leon Edwards is looking for a title shot

Edwards, currently on a 10 fight undefeated streak, has been knocking on the doors of the title shot. With Kamaru Usman heading into a rematch with Colby Covington at UFC 268, ‘Rocky’ may think he is next in line to challenge the winner. He has two options. Either he could wait for the winner or face Masvidal.

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If he waits, he would compete with other fighters for the title challenge. But if he fights and picks up a victory over ‘Gamebred’, he could find himself as the frontrunner for the title. There are other options as well- former title challenger Gilbert Burns has also thrown a challenge towards him.

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Given the styles and the personal beef with Masvidal, ‘Rocky’ may prefer the BMF champion over ‘Durinho’. Either way, he knows he needs at least one more win to cement his place on the opposite side of the champion in a fight.

What did you make of Edwards’ response to Masvidal? Let us know.

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Akshyay Srichandan Mahapatra

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Akshyay Mahapatra is a UFC author for EssentiallySports. He wished to combine his passion for the UFC (that he has been following since 2008) as well as his love for writing. This motivated him to enter the world of combat sports journalism.

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