Leon Edwards brands Jorge Masvidal a ‘FRAUD’ after his welterweight rival withdrew from the UFC 270 fight
Leon Edwards exploits ‘FRAUD’ Jorge after his welterweight rival withdrew from the UFC 270 fight injured … with the British star now awaiting a shot against champion Kamaru Usman
- Leon Edwards had been reluctant to fight Jorge Masvidal, but eventually agreed.
- Now ‘Gamebred’ has retired with a month before the scheduled fight
- The British star is not surprised and said that he will now wait for his title shot.
- Khamzat Chimaev wants to intervene but it seems that ‘Rocky’ would not take the fight
Leon Edwards has called Jorge Masvidal a ‘fraud’ after he pulled out of his scheduled UFC 270 fight due to an undisclosed injury.
‘Rocky’ had initially been reluctant to face the American, but was eventually persuaded not to wait for a title shot against Kamaru Usman.
But now it looks like that’s exactly what the Birmingham fighter will do after Masvidal’s retirement.
Jorge Masvidal (left) pulled out of his December fight against Leon Edwards (right)
Edwards has now said that he will wait until Kamaru Usman is ready to defend his belt against him.
He tweeted: ‘Disappointed, but I honestly knew this scam didn’t want to fight me anyway.
“ It was just one stop on the road to the title. The goal remains the same. Now, Kamaru Usman, much needed family time, I’ll see you soon.
Edwards has not lost in his last 10 fights and deserves a shot at the pound-for-pound number one, who defeated Colby Covington on Saturday night for the second time.
There is a slim chance that he could take on a replacement opponent in the form of Khamzat Chimaev after the rising star showed his interest in the fight.
Edwards defeated Nate Diaz in his last fight despite a late wobble in the fifth round.
The pair agreed to fight last year before Chimaev was brutally beaten by Covid and posted a picture of them on Twitter after Masvidal’s cancellation, writing: ‘Come on brother, we will.
But facing one of the more dangerous emerging welterweights makes little sense for Edwards at this stage, with a title shot so close.
Edwards and Masvidal are likely still getting stuck at some point in the future and their bad blood can be traced back to a backstage altercation in London in 2019.
The same night he knocked out Darren Till, Masvidal hit Edwards after cutting an interview short and the pair had to be separated for safety.
For now, though, it looks like Edwards will play the waiting game until Usman is ready to make his sixth title defense.
Masvidal suffered an injury in training camp, but the nature of the injury has not been disclosed.