Midnight Mania! ‘He Just Keeps Losing!’

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Leon Edwards still has unfinished business with Jorge Masvidal. Way back in March 2019, Masvidal and and Edwards got into a verbal spat. Moments later, Masvidal ran up on Edwards and cracked him — the infamous two piece and a biscuit moment.

That’s nearly four years ago now, and there’s been talks of a more official fight all the while. Masvidal largely ignored Edwards’ calls to fight, but the two were eventually matched up to fight at UFC 269 in 2019. Unfortunately, an injury to Masvidal derailed the planned contest. Since then, their careers have moved in different directions.

Edwards is the undisputed champion, entering the new year off one of the best knockouts in history over the reigning pound-for-pound king. Masvidal, meanwhile, has lost three straight fights, though in his defense, a pair of them were title fights against Kamaru Usman. Regardless of the circumstances, Masvidal’s losing streak is shutting down Edwards’ attempts to earn revenge.

He even would have been willing to face “Gamebred” in London at UFC 286 had Masvidal won just a single bout.

“I don’t like him that much, but I’m rooting for him to win so I can fight him,” Edwards told Believe You Me (via MMAFighting). “He just keeps losing so it’s hard to make the fight make sense. I even said if he went out there and fought in like December, January … Gilbert [Burns] or somebody, beat one of them, then I’ll fight you in March. Then get Usman in the Summer or something. Let him rest his hands a bit then I’ll fight you in March, but he didn’t even do that.

“We’ll see. Skillset-wise, it’s two different levels. His career is doing that, mine’s doing this. It’s hard to make the fight make sense right now. But that’s a fight I need to happen and want to happen.”

Next up for Edwards is the Usman rubber match scheduled for UFC 286 on March 18, 2023. Win or lose, a showdown with Masvidal will remain a hugely profitable option, but it sure lines up a lot better if Masvidal can return to the win column.

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