‘See How Much Damage I Did to Nate’- Jorge Masvidal Clarifies His Beef With Leon Edwards

Published 08/22/2021, 9:51 AM EDT
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 12: Jorge Masvidal prepares to fight Kamaru Usman in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


UFC welterweight elites Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards have to cross each other at some point in time as they both look for a title fight opportunity. The fight, if at all happens, won’t be just a fight. It will be a culmination of intense rivalry that reached its zenith during a backstage brawl in 2019.

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That brawl, which has now become an iconic ‘three-pieces and a soda’ moment, laid the foundation for the impending battle between the two behemoths.

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In a recent interview with ‘How U Livin J Pivin’, ‘Gambred’ refreshed some memories from the London O2 event. He also made an assessment of the ‘Rocky’ as a potential future opponent.

“See how much damage I did to Nate. How easily I did it,” Masvidal said. “He realizes there are several levels between me and him cause he doesn’t wanna fight. They have asked him a couple of times. He is not mentioning my name. I get him.”

“When I get in there, I know to deliver the best experience to the fans and everybody watching and… separate myself from the pack. I have to be as violent as possible,” he added.

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Gamebred‘ then further added that there is a difference between his fighting style and Diaz’s, who lost to Edwards at UFC 263. According to him, Edwards couldn’t put any damage on Diaz in their fight while he hurt the latter left and right.

Jorge Masvidal explains what happened during the backstage brawl

While many people feel that Edwards’ and Masvidal’s rivalry started with that infamous brawl, that is not the full story. According to Masvidal (35-15), Edwards was speaking foul about him even before that event in London. He had been calling out Masvidal for a fight, but the ‘Gamebred’ wasn’t interested.

So after the event, (where Masvidal knocked out Till, and Edwards won over Gunner), the duo met in the striking range. “And all you trying to do is intimidating me and steal my shine. There were like, 3-4 guys and I’m doing my interview and he was like flicking me off,” Masvidal added.

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – JULY 20: Leon Edwards of Jamaica is interviewed 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)

Masvidal further revealed that after interrupting his intro, ‘Rocky’ asked him if they can fight in July. While ‘Gamebred’ was pondering on the idea, Edwards shouted at him and asked him to shut up. This infuriated the Miami native, and he went towards Edwards, keeping his interview on hold.

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“When I closed, so he put his hands out, don’t know what that means… I had to hit him with the combo meal and get out of there,” he added.

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Edwards has recently thrown a challenge towards the ‘Gamebred’. It will be interesting to see if UFC books this match going forward.

What did you make of Masvidal’s comments? 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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