‘I was thinking, you little p****’

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Leon Edwards wants his first UFC welterweight title defense to be against Jorge Masvidal if he defeats Kamaru Usman at UFC 278.

“In August, Rocky” finally gets his world title after going undefeated in his last 10 fights with nine wins. His last loss actually came against Usman in 2015.

Kamaru Usman vs. Leon Edwards 2 made official during UFC 275 broadcast

The 30-year-old is aiming to become the first Briton to hold a UFC world title since Michael Bisping, but handling business with Masvidal, whom he was supposed to fight last December, is still firmly in his mind.

“I was thinking, little p****,” Edwards told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour when discussing Masvidal’s withdrawal from their scheduled fight at UFC 269.

“I don’t know if he would have done it anyway. I feel like he wouldn’t have. I don’t think he wants to fight. I always said he didn’t want to fight me. Honestly, I wish this fight had happened.

“When I win the belt, I’ll give him the title shot. It would be a fantastic fight in the UK. Bring him back to the O2 where it happened, for the title. That’s what I want do after that. … I’m going to give it to him. I’ll give it to him if it happens in the UK, that’s for sure.

Masvidal [left] and Edward [right] were finally ready to settle the beef, but Masvidal pulled out with an injury

Masvidal [left] and Edward [right] were finally ready to settle the beef, but Masvidal pulled out with an injury

The pair exchanged punches backstage at the O2 and Masvidal left Edwards in need of medical assistance

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The pair exchanged punches backstage at the O2 and Masvidal left Edwards in need of medical assistance

“My dream scenario would be to bring it back to London and headline London. I’ve never had the opportunity to headline London. First I had to do it with [Tyron] Woodley, so that was canceled because of COVID. So I always wanted to come home and do it.

Edwards is referring to the incident with Masvidal after UFC London in 2019 where the pair clashed backstage with Gamebred punching Edwards in the face mid-interview.

Masvidal has since attacked Colby Covington outside a Miami steakhouse after their fight at UFC 272, which Covington won. The Miami native has been charged by police for the attack.

Masvidal was still furious with Covington’s comments about his family before their fight, but Edwards thinks that says a lot about Masvidal’s character.

Masvidal made sure to catch Covington outside the octagon

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Masvidal made sure to catch Covington outside the octagon

“This boy is a little rat,” Edwards said. “Colby shouldn’t have snitched, but Masvidal is like a little rat. He’s like a sneak, runs behind you, throws a shot and walks away. He’s a weirdo. A weird, weird man.

Edwards gets his shot at gold on August 20 as Masvidal is still looking for his next fight.



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