“Dana White Can Expose This F**king Coward”- Jorge Masvidal Reveals How He Couldn’t Leave England Because of Leon Edwards

Published 10/19/2021, 9:11 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 06: Jorge Masvidal rests against the cage following his welterweight fight during the UFC 239 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 6, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Jorge Masvidal returns to the octagon at UFC 269 on December 11, 2021. He will go up against the #3 ranked welterweight Leon Edwards. Fans have been asking for this fight ever since both men had an altercation backstage in 2019.

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Ever since the altercation, both fighters have taken digs at each other. UFC has tried to make the fight happen in the past, but because of one reason or the other, it didn’t materialize. It is finally happening now, and recently, in the buildup to the fight, Edwards was at The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. During the interview, he addressed the altercation and said that the UFC hid Masvidal after he punched him.

Gamebred’ recently was on The MMA Hour and clapped back at the claims that Edwards made. Replying to the statements, he said, “I didn’t leave England for another two days because I didn’t have my passport. I’m actually gonna put these documents up, so Dana can expose this f**king coward. The embassy in England had to do me a passport, and it couldn’t be done immediately, so I had to wait two days in England. So, I have that (paperwork) with me, and I’ll be putting it up just to remind this guy, you’re a f**cking idiot.”

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Masvidal added, “What do you think you are, James Bond, that I’m gonna f**cking strike you and now have to leave England?”

Talking about the whole backstage issue, Masvidal said that he cut him off during his interview. He also called Edwards a coward and said, “He originally wanted to call the cops, but what would’ve happened? That wouldn’t have looked good for his brand and ‘I’m such a tough guy thing that he’s trying to proclaim.’ Originally they wanted to press charges on me.”

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A fight two and half years in the making

Both fighters are not fans of each other, and they have made that pretty clear. Edwards, in a recent interview, said, “This is not just a fight, this is a war, and I’m coming for him.”

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The altercation that started the rivalry happened at UFC Fight Night 147, where Masvidal was in the main event. He won the ‘Performance of the Night’ and the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus. Edwards was also on the same card that night. After the event, while ‘Gamebred’ was in an interview, ‘Rocky’ made a nasty comment. This led to the former approaching him and giving the three-piece and soda to Edwards.

The two fighters will take center stage on December 11 and will look to end the rivalry. Edwards said that he made sure he gets a title shot before signing the contract if he beats Masvidal. So it will be interesting to see what happens if Jorge Masvidal gets the win at UFC 269.

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What do you think of the rivalry? Do you think the winners should get a title shot? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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