Leon Edwards Gurantees Jorge Masvidal Fight Will Happen ‘Inside or Outside the Cage’

Published 03/13/2021, 12:59 PM EST
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)


Leon Edwards will fight Belal Muhammad in the main event of UFC Fight Night: Edwards vs Muhammad. A win for Edwards will assure him a shot at the welterweight title next. ‘Rocky’ is currently on an 8-fight winning streak in the 170lbs division of the UFC.

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One fight every fan wants to see since a long time is a clash between Edwards and Jorge Masvidal. The two planted the seeds of their rivalry on a UFC Fight Night event in London in 2019, where Masvidal punched Edwards while doing an interview backstage. The two were expected to settle those differences inside the Octagon, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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100% I mean for sure that Jorge fight should’ve happened by now. He turned it down and making excuses. Well, his day will come. We’re pushing towards him after this fight.

“We’ll look for Usman. He’s the last guy to beat me so I’d love to get a win back but Jorge, definitely happen inside or outside the cage. And also, that’s gonna happen, mark my word,” said Edwards.

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)

‘Rocky’ also wants to fight UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman, next. UFC President Dana White has also indicated recently that Edwards is almost guaranteed to get a shot at the title next if he can put on an impressive performance against Muhammad.

Leon Edwards vs Belal Muhammad: last-minute prediction

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Edwards is currently on an 8-fight winning streak in the welterweight division. But he hasn’t competed since 2019. Whether rin-rust will be an issue for him remains to be seen. Muhammad has always been a well-conditioned fighter. So, he will look to put a good pace early on Edwards.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 12: (L-R) Opponents Leon Edwards of Jamaica and Bulal Muhammad face off during the UFC weigh-in at UFC APEX on March 12, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

But Edwards is proficient in both the striking and grappling departments. His complete skill set should be good enough to get better of the no.13 ranked Muhammad, once the no.3 ranked ‘Rocky’ clears the initial cobwebs of Octagon inactivity. Edwards should be able to get a decision or a finish.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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